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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.


Lady Emma of Parham House and Gardens Sussex

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Aerial view of Parham House

GARDENER'S CORNER with Tom Brown, Head Gardener


A few seasonal tasks for May:

  • Keep pricking out and potting on all those vegetable and bedding plants – you will get there in the end! In most cases you are looking for a plant that has just begun to show white roots at the base of the pot and is a lovely clump of fresh green leaves by the end of May. You will find that these plants establish really well and flower at the right height. If you sow your seeds too early, you can end up with a large plant that has flower buds and never establishes as well.
  • Continue to dead head your daffodils and, if you are unhappy with their performance, give them a potash feed to help them flower next year. If that fails, then you may have to lift and divide the clumps when they become dormant at the end of the following spring.
  • Monitor your greenhouse for pests. Catch them early to avoid an infestation which can be very hard to get rid of.
  • Gradually harden off your annuals by putting them outside during the day; have the last week in May in mind for planting out (subject to frosts).
  • Feed asparagus beds with sulphate of ammonia, a very rich nitrogen feed which will boost the plants into providing you with lots of delicious spears. Feed again once you have finished harvesting at the end of May or into June.

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