The Walled Garden originates from the 18th century, although it is likely that the ground had been cultivated for centuries before that. Vibrant with colour, it is run on organic principles, and is designed for a long season – its romantic mixed and herbaceous borders are of an Edwardian opulence, and look good until the first frosts. The tapestries of plants and their colours echo the embroidery within the house.
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Over the last twenty years the planting has been the work of Parham’s Head Gardeners.
An orchard contains traditional varieties of apple and other fruit trees. The Herb Garden grows medieval and Tudor medicinal and culinary herbs. In the ornamental vegetable garden, whose patches are enclosed by box hedging, a mixture of vegetables and flowers is grown.
Mrs Pearson started the tradition of fresh flower arrangements all through the House for visitors to enjoy. Large quantities of flowers are cut from the garden each week. They are arranged in the special “Parham way”, as they always have been, filling the rooms with colour.