A New Broom at Parham14th September 2010 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
I drove over to Parham House in West Sussex to meet up with a friend and also to see what is happening in the garden since Tom Brown took over as head gardener. So far he has had to deal with a winter that killed off rather a lot of plants, the greenhouse boiler packing up and an extended drought, but his enthusiasm for the project seems undiminished. Parham is famous for its colourful borders and cutting garden which are used to supply flowers for all the rooms in the house. Although they remain magnificent, many of the borders are now over mature and are in need replanting, so Tom will have his work cut out. It is a tricky task being a new broom, keeping the regular visitors happy, while revitalising the garden and making your own mark. But Tom is hugely talented and enthusiastic and this will definitely be a garden to watch over the next few years.