Set in 875 acres in the beautiful and rolling South Downs, Parham House is rich in history and horticulture. Originally a 16th century deer park, today Parham’s gardens include a 4 acre walled garden, glasshouse, orchard and abundant herbaceous borders. In fact, Parham is really a treasure trove for those garden enthusiasts wanting to find inspiration in a variety of settings. The walled garden alone contains the blue and gold borders (a masterclass in sumptuous planting), the cut flower borders (which continue a tradition going back to 1948 of having cut flowers in each room of the house), and exotic, rose and herb gardens.
For those interested in producing food in the garden, then head to the orchard – filled with plum, damson, greengage, pear and quince trees, or seek out the vegetable gardens, where produce is harvested for the Big Kitchen restaurant.
With so much on offer to see and enjoy, you’ll likely need more than one visit! But, if you’re looking for an excuse to head to Parham this Autumn then don’t miss the Harvest Fair on 24th and 25th September, 10.30 – 5pm. The theme this year is ‘food, foraging and estate life’ with falconry, cooking displays, horse and cart rides and fungi talks.
Opening days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday & bank holidays until the end of September. Sundays only in October. Gardens open 12 – 5pm. These details may change on event days.
Entry to house and garden – Adult: £10.50, Child: £5.50, Under 5’s: free, Family: £30.
Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4HS.
For more information see the website.