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03 / 2021

Silver linings

Newly appointed Head Gardener Andrew Humphris reveals his plans for the Garden and explains why visitors will find a few changes when the gates open for the 2021 season.

03 / 2021

First mistress

Parham has been shaped very strongly by the women who have lived in it and looked after it over the past centuries. The first mistress of the House was Elizabeth Verney of Fairfield in Somerset, a goddaughter of Queen Elizabeth I.

02 / 2021

New Head Gardener

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Andrew Humphris, who took up his role as Parham’s new Head Gardener last month.  Andrew comes to Parham from West Lodge Estate in Dorset, where he has established and improved upon a new garden and landscape, working in conjunction with leading designers.

12 / 2020

Christmas at Parham

Christmas at Parham is a time of quiet family gatherings and reflection on the year that has passed. Lady Emma Barnard recounts some of the more memorable anecdotes of Christmas from bygone days, including the time in 1939 when her great-grandparents took in 30 evacuee children from Peckham in South London.

08 / 2020

Behind the Gates

Parham House & Gardens may have been closed this summer but, behind the gates, life has been busy for those that look after this place.

06 / 2020

A stitch in time

Lady Emma Barnard recounts how Parham's delightful collection of samplers reveals stories from the past.

05 / 2020

Memories of wartime in lockdown

The last time that Parham was in a comparable situation to the current pandemic was during the Second World War. Lady Emma Barnard reveals how she finds echoes of those days everywhere, including some surprising wartime rediscoveries.