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Blog and News

27th February 2019

It is with sadness that we announce that Tom Brown will be leaving Parham as Head Gardener at the end of April.

Appointed in 2010 as Head Gardener, Tom Brown has led the exceptional Garden Team to create many new and exciting projects during his time at Parham. His passion for innovating can be seen in the re-creation of the double blue border within the Walled Garden as well as the introduction of the Planting Trials.

Known as the jewel in the crown of Parham’s Walled Garden, the blue borders were re-planted with 3,000 new blue and silver perennials and annuals to re-create the romantic opulent borders that Parham is renowned for.

Inspired by his work in the trials department at Wisley, Tom Brown also introduced Planting Trials at Parham in 2014, to determine the best performing cultivars to grow in the Garden. From tulips to sweet peas, gladioli and most recently annual climbers, the trials have received considerable interest over the years.

Tom’s experimental planting style also helped establish Parham’s reputation as one of the leading gardens in the South and saw it awarded Gold in the Heritage category of the South & South East In Bloom Awards in 2017.

Lady Emma Barnard commented, “It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Tom Brown. We are hugely indebted to him for his outstanding work over the years. His great knowledge of all things horticultural has brought rigour, excitement, fun and beauty to the Garden and has been a constant source of inspiration to all of us here at Parham as well as to so many of our visitors.

Tom has helped us go from strength to strength during his tenure and whilst he will be sorely missed, we know that the Gardens will continue to thrive and will always provide a haven of beauty and tranquillity for our visitors.”