Re-opening on Sunday 6 April for the 2014 Season
Parham House & Gardens re-opens for its 2014 season on Sunday 6th April.
Visitors will be able to see the stunning spring flowers in the Pleasure Grounds and 4-acre Walled Garden and inside the house, everything refreshed after its winter closing.
The House is open between 2pm-5pm and the Gardens between 12pm-5pm.
Light lunches and cream teas will be available in the house’s ‘Big Kitchen’.
Entry prices: Adult = £10, Senior Citizens = £9, Children (5-15) = £5, Under 5’s = FREE, Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) = £28. Season Tickets: Single = £30, Double = £45, Family = £50.
Orchard Planting in the Pleasure Grounds
Visitors to Parham on Sunday 6th April will be able to see the newly planted orchard in the Pleasure Grounds. There has been a 1-acre orchard at Parham for many years with records showing a replanting in 1947 and then again after the great storm of 1987, and this latest replanting has involved 40 new trees being planted out of a total of 60 trees in the orchard. A number of years in the planning, Head Gardener, Tom Brown, and team worked closely with Parham’s ‘chatelaine’, Lady Emma Barnard and her family to choose the trees to be planted based on varieties with great tasting fruits. A wide selection of fruits were tasted initially and then the most appealing ones chosen for planting. The orchard is a ‘traditional’ orchard and the trees include apples, pears, plums, damsons, quinces and a walnut tree.
Organic Slug Control
The gardens have a new organic “Slug Patrol” team in operation in the form of 2 Indian Runner Ducks (Monty & Carol) and 3 ‘big, funky’ Lavender Cochin chickens (Tiny the Cockerel, Matilda and Maud)! Let out of their coup by Head Gardener, Tom, in the morning, the ducks and chickens roam the Walled Garden and vegetable beds during the daytime eating all the slugs they can find and paying particular attention to the box hedging surrounding all the vegetable beds where slugs love to hide. This feathered team is doing an excellent job at removing the slugs organically and without any risk to the other wildlife enjoying the gardens and the chicken eggs are also being used by the family.