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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

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What’s On at Parham in 2018

We are gearing up for our 2018 season, which runs from 1 April to 14 October.


Aerial view of Parham House

GARDENER'S CORNER with Tom Brown, Head Gardener


A few seasonal tasks for March:

  • Now’s the time to finish off any of that spring pruning that you maybe haven’t got around to… Buddleia, Cornus and Hydrangeas, for example. March is also a great time to look at your evergreen shrubs – the sap is rising and the buds are swelling. This means that the plant can recover very quickly from any reshaping that you do to your evergreens. Remember that the younger and healthier the shrub is, the more likely it is to respond well to a hard prune.
  • Plant your onion sets and start direct sowing your spring onions. Get your first early potatoes in at the end of March. I grow our onions through black fabric with a handful of Growmore in the soil, as the fabric keeps the roots cool and moist. That way, you don’t constantly disturb the sets by weeding between them or using a hoe.
  • Put an area of fine compost around your favourite hellebores. When the seeds ripen, the seeds are dispersed around the plant. With a fine compost, the seeds germinate very easily and you can then use the young plants in your garden. We have a collection of beautiful dark hellebores in our Rose Garden at Parham and the seedlings from those plants are always stunning.
  • Spring is a great time to replant areas of your garden. By planting shrubs, trees and perennials now, they have the whole season to establish before the winter arrives, making them really robust for the cold and wet weather.
  • Watch out for pests like pigeons, mice and rabbits – young plants are a very tasty treat for these animals. Put barriers up and, if possible, only plant out more mature plants to prevent the damage being too severe. If plants prove particularly tasty for these pests, I offer them a bit of protection with some chicken wire.

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