Ham Open Gardens

A note from our friends, the Ham Open Gardens

Date: Saturday 16 May 2015

Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm

More than fifteen diverse gardens in Ham are opening to the public on Saturday 16 May, many for the first time.  This bi-annual event, organised by The Ham and Petersham Association, always attracts many visitors, from the garden experts to those who simply want to enjoy a pleasant afternoon or ‘see behind the garden wall’ of houses they pass by on a regular basis.

These hidden gems range from the grand to the intimate, from the Georgian to the contemporary.  All the gardens are within easy walking distance of Ham Common and include the grounds of Cassel Hospital, a number of gardens in Ham Farm Road not previously open, Ormeley Lodge, houses around the Common and Ham Street,  cottages in Evelyn Road, and a number of community gardens of special interest.  Each has a fascinating story to tell.

Tickets, and a map of the gardens, are £10 each or £15 for two, with free entry for children.  Tickets will be sold on the day at a stall near St Thomas Aquinas Church, situated at the southern edge of the Common and near The Cassel. Further details will be available on the website www.hamandpetersham.com  All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Ham and Petersham Association for the benefit of the local community, especially environmental projects. No 65 bus from Richmond to Kingston stops every 6 minutes on Ham Common.

Teas will be served from 2-5pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.  All proceeds from the teas will go to ‘The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice’, a locally based charity caring for sick children and their families.  There is a great opportunity to hear about Tree House Learning , Ham’s local Forest School which offers play-based outdoors activities for children using their senses of touch, hearing, sight and smell in a woodland setting whilst enjoying a cup of tea.

Come and enjoy

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