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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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The Kitchen Garden: French Beans

Our monthly Kitchen Garden Series includes tips from the Gardening Team on growing your own produce and a delicious seasonal recipe from private chef and food stylist Nicola Richman. This month we look at French beans.


Aerial view of Parham House

GARDENER'S CORNER with Tom Brown, Head Gardener


A few seasonal tasks for September:

  • We have been busy pruning our trained fruit trees; espalier apples and pears as well as our fan-trained plums, gages and apricots. Now that the annual growth is subsiding, prune back to three buds of this year’s growth to maintain the shape of the tree. Major structural pruning should be carried out in the winter for the pears and apples.
  • Ease off with your feeding; as the temperatures fluctuate, growth slows down in your baskets and containers. Too much soft growth can lead to a build-up of mould and botrytis.
  • Go shopping – enjoy the fading evening warmth with a gin and tonic and peruse the bulb catalogues to plan your spring displays.
  • As pumpkins and squashes develop, clear the leaves from the fruits to allow the sun to ripen and cure their skins.
  • Look out for setting seed. As we venture into the Autumn, seeds will develop on the plant. Make sure the seeds are ripe, you will find that the plant surrenders its seeds when they are ready.  If the seeds are green and you have to battle to remove them from the plant, they are often not ready. Dry the seed and store in labelled envelopes; research to see when each seed needs sowing.

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