Once a while, I visit a garden with little idea of what I am going to see – this was true of Parham and what a wonderful surprise I had!
From M25, take the A24 by passing Pulborough to Marches Road in Kingsfold and then follow the signs to Parham.
Steps from the main courtyard, take you up to a door into the garden.
There’s so many different parts of the garden including a four-acre Walled Garden, herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden and orchard.
At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Parham was given to Robert Palmer whose son, Sir Thomas rebuilt the house in 1577, incorporating parts of the earlier manor house. Sir Thomas sold the estate in 1601 to Thomas Bysshopp whose family owned Parham until 1922 when the property was sold to Hon. Clive Pearson, second son of Viscount Cowdray. Appointing Victor Heal as architect, Pearson restored the house and garden. Parham House and Gardens are now owned by a Charitable Trust while the house is lived in by the great-grandaughter of Clive Pearson.
There’s a cafe and shop at Parham as well as a Nursery with over 220 herbaceous perennials on sale, grown by their own garden team – you can always ask them for advice too.