Welcome to the Bressingham Gardens

Welcome to the Bressingham Gardens. A paradise for gardeners with two beautiful six acre gardens, created by Alan and Adrian Bloom over many years where new features are still being developed and planned.

The Plants

History

A brief history of the gardens …

The founder of Blooms Nurseries, Alan Bloom (1906- 2005), began developing a garden in front of BressinghamHall in 1953, devoted to a new concept of using perennials, the nursery’s speciality, in Island Beds. Six acres and nearly 5000 different species and cultivars were taken in and planted by 1962, when the gardens were first opened on a regular basis to the public.

Portraits, Alan Bloom, Jaime Blake, Adrian Bloom, Jason Bloom.

Taken in 2003, this shows 96 year old Alan Bloom on the left with son in law Jaime Blake, curator of the Dell Garden, Adrian Bloom chairman of the family business, Blooms Nurseries Ltd. (and gardener) and Adrian and Rosemary’s eldest son Jason Bloom, Managing Director and nursery grower and manager.

Returning from four years abroad (including two years in the U.S.A.) in 1962, Adrian Bloom began developing more gardens, starting his own, Foggy Bottom Garden in 1967 devoted to conifers, heathers, trees and shrubs.

In 2000, additional gardens were added by Adrian, linking them up to create a more diverse attraction to visitors, and joining the gardens together to create a Foggy Bottom Trail, leading from the entrance near the Steam Museum to the furthest and lowest end of Foggy Bottom. Today, although changes are still constant, the newer gardens are maturing; new planting designs and plants are being tried. Heritage and novelty exist together with the number of distinct varieties now in the region of 8000.

Bressingham Hall, near the entrance to the gardens, plays a historic role and has an iconic presence. Alan Blooms home of 50 years now still runs Bed and Breakfast accommodation for visitors.

…much more to come in the next few months, including why the Bloom family and the Gardens are unique in British if not world horticulture.

Bressingham Hall, circa 1950

Bressingham Hall, circa 1950

Bed and Breakfast at Bressingham Hall

Bressingham Hall

Bressingham Hall