At the AGM weekend in Norfolk, Bressingham Gardens provided a contrast to the visit to The Harralds, but proved equally fascinating, with interesting vistas throughout. The garden was first developed by Alan Bloom (1906-2005), and opened to the public in 1962, showing the new concept of using perennials in island beds. These island beds are still evident today as historical plantings and newer introductions exist together with the number of distinct varieties now in the region of 8000.
Jaime Blake, Head Gardener, Alan’s son-in-law, and member of Plant Heritage for over 20 years, gave a highly informative talk about the gardens, in particular the Dell Garden and the techniques they use for managing the perennials and the gardens, to maintain its history and for the future. Bressingham gardens also hold the National Collection of Miscanthus.
What is most striking, apart from the desire to visit the gardens again, is the different views that appeared in the rolling open landscape turn of the garden.
Seeing perennials in large drifts, discovering the more unusual plants, such as Bressingham introductions was a delight. Here are a few choice images:
We only had time to visit some of the garden, but interesting signs to Foggy Bottom Trail and the Fragrant Garden, mean Bressingham is on the list for a future visit.
Thank you to the Norfolk group and Jaime Blake for such an informative visit allowing us to enjoy such superb planting. The smiles in the photos sum up the visit.