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The stunning planting and all-year-round colour at Bressingham attracts many complimentary comments from the visitors who come to wander around and take inspiration and pleasure from the gardens. With six distinct gardens and more than 8,000 different plant varieties, The Bressingham Gardens are also a source of interest to gardening writers and members of the Press – and we are pleased that it is regularly featured in gardening magazines and other publications.
Here are just a few examples of recent articles:-
The Garden – October 2013
This highly-regarded monthly gardening magazine published by the Royal Horticultural Society featured The Bressingham Gardens across six pages of its October 2013 issue and said:
“Some of our greatest gardens are so regarded because they are closely associated with pioneering ways of planting that have inspired thousands of gardeners and influenced the kind of plants we buy. But there can be few that have shaped the ethos of UK gardeners to the same degree as The Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk.”
The article was written by RHS The Garden Magazine’s features editor Phil Clayton who visited Bressingham in September 2012 along with photographer Neil Hepworth. Phil is a well-respected journalist and gardener, so we at Bressingham Gardens were delighted with his balanced article giving historical perspective and recent changes and developments at Bressingham which are ongoing. We continue to welcome all visitors at Bressingham to see our dramatic and changing gardens.
Phil Clayton writes: “The Bressingham Gardens are too often overlooked, even by those who should know better; I would argue their pioneering yet inclusive spirit, inspiring generations of gardeners, places them towards the top of the pile. Even if you think you know what Bressingham has to offer, pay a visit and be prepared to be inspired.”
(First published in October 2013 issue of The Garden Magazine of the Royal Horticulture Society; www.rhs.org.uk/thegarden).
Let’s Talk Magazine – November 2013
Co-editor of the East Anglian magazine, Terry Redhead toured The Bressingham Gardens in late autumn 2013 and met with Adrian Bloom. He described his visit as “a great experience” and advised others to “remember to take all your senses for maximum effect . . . as well as your imagination.”
He writes: “It would be facile to try to describe the colours, smells and atmosphere of the gardens. You have to be there to enjoy them to your own satisfaction.”
East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine – October 2013
Gardening features writer and horticulturist Lucy Redman was thrilled to visit The Bressingham Gardens having met Alan Bloom when she was a youngster. “I had the honour to meet Alan as a teenager many moons ago and somewhere have a classic photo with him on one of his trains,” she said. Having returned to the gardens in autumn 2013 to meet Adrian, she said: “I really was impressed with the garden and honoured to have a private tour with such an inspirational plantsman.”
She writes: “The garden is a joy to behold. If you haven’t been to Bressingham recently, do return to enjoy the exciting new plant combinations and be dazzled with a huge array of shape, form and colours – a real treat!”
The English Garden magazine
The Bressingham Gardens were featured in The English Garden in December 2013 with a full feature inside and a front cover image of the Winter Garden.