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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

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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

Parham House Gardener
#TomsTopTips

A few seasonal tasks for December:

  • Try not to give into the temptation of watering your houseplants too much over the winter months. Plants can recover very quickly if they are dry but once you’ve watered too much the plants can wilt and take a long time to recover. As a guide, always let your plant wilt a little between watering but make sure that the plant is flagging because it’s dry rather than waterlogged before you add more water to its roots.
  • Reduce the size of your hybrid tea and floribunda roses by half. This avoids root rock caused by high winds during the winter. You can then prune your roses thoroughly in late winter/early spring. This technique also works well for Buddleia.
  • Oriental hellebores look great in the spring but their tired foliage can sometimes let them down. Christmas time is ideal to remove the old foliage so that you remove any distraction from the flowers and in turn encourages fresh new growth for the growing season ahead.
  • Clay or heavy soils can be difficult to work on during the winter due to their moisture retention. If digging or forking over the ground is carried out before Christmas, you reduce the amount of compaction, therefore improving root health and allowing the frost to help break down those large lumps of soil as it freezes and thaws.
  • Prune established apple trees by removing damaged or crossing branches. Try not to take more than a quarter of the growth out when you prune each year as you will encourage lots of water shoots which will not be fruit bearing for a long time.

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