Brown, Lloyd

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                                             LLOYD BROWN
                                           By Holly Flieger

MIRAMICHI – Lloyd Brown, owner and operator of Brookdale nurseries, died Thursday, June 13. He was 70. His funeral will take place today, at St. James and St. Johns United Church at 2.

Brookdales has been on the river since the late 1930’s, when Brown’s older brother Clyde founded the Brookdale Farm Market Garden. Clyde who was a member of the Air Force, died in action during World War I, and Brown, still a teenager at the time, took over the Market Garden. In 1955, the Market garden became Brookdales Nurseries. Brown married Kay Hosford in 1957, and moved to a small home near the greenhouse, where the pair operated the business.

The couple later bought land from the Buckley family to build more greenhouses and shops. They still use the Buckley’s pond as their main water source for the nursery today. In1964 the business became incorporated and the Browns built a total of 20 greenhouses.

Designed Woodchip Boiler

In the ‘70s, it was almost impossible to be able to run a boiler on oil because it was so expensive. Lloyd Brown, with the help on the University of New Brunswick Engineer department, designed a boiler fueled by woodchips instead of oil. Several other Atlantic nurseries are using the same idea today. In 1980 the Brown’s daughters Leigh and Linda joined the business and became an important part of the retail department. Their brother Clyde joined in 2000. In the 38 years since the nursery was incorporated, the Brown family has employed over 350 people, filled over one million flower shop orders, and produced nearly 50 million plants. They now have over 35 greenhouses, a flower shop, a garden center and the “Big Brown Barn” which connects all of the main buildings.

“He loved his plants, and made sure every one he sold was of high quality,” said one long-time customer. “He will be sadly missed.”

Brown’s employees believe that “he was a great man to work for, but no one worked harder for them than he did.”

His hard work paid off, and he and his family were honored along with five other local families at the Greater Miramichi Chamber of Commerce annual gala evening in October 2000.

“He was an incredible man, and loved what he did,” said the employee. “He really enjoyed working close to his family.”

Source: Miramichi Leader – June 18, 2002

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