Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II
The Pond Gardens are a highlight of the Hampton Court Gardens, especially in spring and summer when vibrant displays of tulips and summer planting fill the space.
In the summer, Mary displayed her citrus fruit trees here. In the winter, the plants were sheltered from the weather nearby in innovative heated glass cases made by the Dutch carpenter Hendrick Floris.
In the early 20th century, gardeners created the Dutch-style garden that you see today with its tiered paths, topiary hedges, statues and bedding.
The 18th-century lead statue of Venus in the garden was discovered in 1892 in 'Mrs Grundy's gallery' – a private room in the palace used by a prudish housekeeper to hide paintings and sculptures which she felt were unsuitable for the public!
Join us for a fun-filled celebration of summer in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace.
04-07 July 2019 (Preview evening: 01 July, RHS Members' Days 02 and 03 July)
Hampton Court Palace
Monday: 17:00-22.30; Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-19.30; Sunday: 10:00-17.30
Separate ticket (advanced booking required)
Exclusive English fine bone chine tea sets inspired by our historic royal palaces. Collect our traditional Palace china afternoon tea sets, with designs including elements from all our royal palaces.