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“Nothing at Parham is superfluous, nothing unloved. It is a house of magic.”

In the 'Top 20' of Simon Jenkins' ENGLAND'S THOUSAND BEST HOUSES

A Warm Welcome to Parham House & Gardens

Welcome to Parham. It has always been a well-loved family home, and only three families have lived here since its foundation stone was laid in 1577 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The Hon. Clive Pearson, my great-grandfather, bought the House and Estate in 1922. He and his wife Alicia found the House and Garden in sad repair, and together they revived and restored both with great sensitivity and care. They opened the House to visitors in 1948. Their work was continued by my great-aunt Veronica Tritton, who inherited Parham, living here until her death in 1993.

Parham’s tranquillity and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. Parham House and Gardens are now owned by a Charitable Trust. I have lived here with my family since 1994.


Lady Emma of Parham House and Gardens Sussex

Latest News

Parham on BBC Flog It!

Shown on 17th October 2016, Series 14: 53. Compilation 58 available on BBC iPlayer until 16th November 2016.

GARDENER'S CORNER with Tom Brown, Head Gardener

Parham House Gardener

A few seasonal tasks for December:

  • Prune rambling and climbing roses. Remember that newly planted roses do not need much pruning for the first 3 years or so. As a general rule for established climbers/ramblers, remove around 20% of the older wood each year to encourage rejuvenation of the rose over time.
  • Continue to clear leaves from lawn areas and borders. Ideally, shred them to help them break down more rapidly. Leaf mould is particularly useful as a mulch around sensitive plants and as a soil conditioner for root vegetables
  • Remove dead leaves from house and glasshouse plants to maximise air circulation and reduce botrytis. The partnership of wet and cold is deadly to some plants. Keep them on the drier side with plenty of ventilation.
  • Prune apple trees to maintain an open canopy and to encourage new replacement growth. Again, a general rule of 20% removal of the older wood to keep the plant rejuvenated. At this quieter time in the garden, beware! Don’t become overenthusiastic about fruit tree pruning.  Too much pruning can reduce the fruiting of the tree the following year.
  • Eat lots of mince pies and don’t worry about working it all off until January with all that digging and mulching! Happy Christmas!


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