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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.

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Lady Emma of Parham House and Gardens Sussex

Latest News

Putting Parham to bed

Like every old soul, our beautiful Elizabethan house requires some rest and TLC every once in a while.

 

Aerial view of Parham House

GARDENER'S CORNER with Tom Brown, Head Gardener

#TomsTopTips

A few seasonal tasks for January:

  • After the Christmas hangover, one thing that gets me out of bed in the New Year is the prospect of ordering seeds. Most seed catalogues would have arrived through the post by now and most are available online, which is how I tend to buy mine. Get your orders in and start to create a timetable of when you want to sow that cornucopia of garden gems.
  • We have a mixed blessing of free draining and hungry, sandy soil at Parham. A benefit of light soil is that you can dig over the ground almost 12 months of the year if not frozen. January is a great time to dig your vegetable beds and work off those extra mince pies.
  • Strong, healthy rhubarb clumps can be forced at this time of year. Try to avoid weak plants as the forcing process can put fragile plants under unnecessary pressure which can result in the plant dying. Feed with Growmore once you’ve removed the forcers.
  • Prune climbing and rambling roses by pruning the side shoots down to two buds and removing a proportion of the very old wood to encourage new growth.
  • Seed potatoes should start to appear in Garden Centres once they’ve cleared their Christmas decorations away. You can store your potatoes much more lovingly than the Garden Centres can so buy them early for the best choice and store them in a cool, bright position until they’re ready to go in the ground.

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