A personal introduction……………..
Thomas was raised at Mottisfont, Hampshire, home of the world famous Mottisfont Abbey with its’ magnificent and horticulturally important rose gardens. His father David Stone VMH was Head Gardener, and young Thomas spent much of his childhood working in the grounds, naturally following his father’s footsteps and becoming a staff member, learning his skills and training in the ‘old fashioned’ methods used by generations of previous gardeners.
Moving on after a period of twelve years, he started work at the equally famous Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens in Hampshire, where he extended his knowledge into the world of trees, shrubs and wild flower meadows.
He became Head Gardener to a Private Estate in West Sussex, then Hampshire, creating gardens from wilderness, including vegetables, roses shrubs, herbaceous and cut flowers. Crucially, both of these gardens were subject to SSSI waterways (Site of Special Scientific Interest), and the works involved in creating and developing these difficult sites proved to be extremely valuable in his later career.
Thomas is a respected gardener in The Horticultural world, being a member of the following meritorious organisations
Full Member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (MCIHort)
Full Member of The Professional Gardeners Guild
Full Member of The Gardeners Guild
The National Register of Garden Experts
Royal Horticultural Society Speakers Register
Thomas is also an Associate of The School of Garden Management
(Specialist School offering both on-site and distance Learning and Training)