05 / 2022

The Walled Garden in 2022

The Walled Garden at Parham is an ancient one, and has been cultivated for many centuries. 

As many of our visitors will be aware, we are currently working very hard to address a very significant problem with pernicious weeds (bindweed and ground elder in particular) which have spread to many areas of the Walled Garden.

In 2020, when the pandemic started and it became clear that it would not be possible to open Parham to visitors, the bold decision was taken to tackle the weed problem before it became even more severe. The worst affected areas were therefore completely cleared and sprayed; these included the Entrance Border, Blue Borders, the White Border and the cut flower garden.

We had a very successful year in 2021 controlling the bindweed in the beds that had been cleared, and last winter these were carefully dug to remove any further roots. The Dry Garden, the Glass House Borders, the new shrub and perennial cut flower border, the left hand side of the Entrance Border and a section of the Blue Borders have now been planted.

In order to continue this work, some areas within the Walled Garden will be left fallow in 2022. These include the west ends of the Blue Borders and the Rose Garden.

This is not a short term project. We are confident we can bring the problem under control, but it will take a little time.

We hope you enjoy the new planting as it establishes itself during 2022.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.