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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

Latest News

Planting trials set to yield some exciting – and colourful – results

Our fourth year since introducing planting trials at Parham, we are very excited about the main trial for this season which has seen us source and plant close to 130 different annual climbers that will grow over handmade obelisks using birch from the Estate.


Aerial view of Parham House

GARDENER'S CORNER with Tom Brown, Head Gardener


A few seasonal tasks for August:

  • August is a good time for re-establishing definition and form in your garden by pruning topiary and trained fruit trees. Trained apples, pears, plums and gages can be pruned back to a framework to expose their ripening fruit and maintain their structure. Pruning fruit in the summer gives a much more gentle response from the tree compared to winter pruning. Remember not to remove more than 20% of a fruit tree in one year to avoid a mass of water shoots.
  • Remove the lower leaves from your tomatoes and cucumbers to avoid mildew and to help the ripening process. Keep the potash based liquid feed going to get the best results from your plants.
  • Feed your roses with granular rose food to encourage a second flush.
  • Plan your garden for next year. August is a great time to review your borders, take pictures and make notes because you will forget by the Autumn or next Spring when you come to make those changes.
  • Summer is a good time to prune birches and magnolias; their sap levels are low so it will cause minimal stress to the trees. Prune minimally for health and shape – be careful not to go too mad with those secateurs!

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