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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

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
#TomsTopTips

A few seasonal tasks for November:

  • Bring in tender plants when the night time temperatures drop, as you want the plants to start shutting down and go into a type of dormancy.  They need to be exposed to cooler temperatures but do bring them under cover before the weather gets too severe.
  • Lift or winter-protect your Dahlias after they have been blackened by the first frost. In heavy soils, lift the tubers and pot into a large container of dry, multipurpose compost and leave it cool and frost free until you see signs of growth. In lighter soils like ours, we cut the plants down to 10cm, cover them with a bin bag and then cover with a wheel barrow full of compost to insulate the tubers. Lift the plastic in early May and you have a ready-made source of mulch which you used as the insulation!
  • Keep leaves cleared from formal lawns and pathways.  If you can, shred the leaves before you compost them to accelerate the breakdown of the material.
  • Clean your greenhouse with soapy water or a pressure washer to remove pests and disease and maximise the amount of light to your plants. If pest levels build up they can be very tricky to bring back under control.
  • November is the best time to plant your tulips.  You can pick up lots of bargains in the garden centres too!

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