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Senior Gardener

The team at Himalayan Gardens has been carefully selected to ensure our gardens are crafted and looked after year round with the up-most care and skill. We have a truly passionate team that look forward to welcoming you around this very special venue. 

  • Phil Cormie

    Senior Gardener

    Born in Newcastle, my earliest recollection of garden plants were the old, gnarly apple trees growing in my grandparents back garden. My own interest in plants started at a very young age. When I was 5 years old, my mum made my dad get an allotment. It was the best purchase that my parents ever made, mum and my two sisters would go shopping on a Saturday whilst my dad and I plodded around the allotment for some peace and quiet. This is where my love and passion for horticulture began!

    However, horticulture wasn’t my original career choice. I left school at 18 and chose to do a degree in International Business with French. After the first year, I realised an office job was not for me and I would prefer to work outdoors. After 6 months of deliberation about what I should do, my mum suggested doing something I love – gardening.

    In 2009, I enrolled on the BTEC National Diploma in Horticulture at Newcastle College. The course reignited my love of plants and I decided to further my horticultural knowledge and education by studying for a Bachelor’s of Science degree with honours in Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Scottish Rural College.

    My degree has really enhanced my knowledge of all things horticultural as it combined many aspects of horticulture and applied plant science. This was achieved by combining the practical experience of plant cultivation and management with advanced knowledge of plant identification, diversity, classification and distribution. The course enabled me to gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of global flora by utilising the world renowned plant collection at the RBGE.

    During my studies at Edinburgh, I worked at Edinburgh Zoo during the summers to increase my practical horticultural skills and worked at a large bedding plant nursery.

    Two months after graduating, I was offered the fantastic opportunity to come and work here at The Himalayan Gardens as a Practical Plants Man. I accepted the job as I could see the vision for the garden and wanted to be part of the growth and development. I was promoted to the position of Senior Gardener in January 2017.