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Normally from late March until late October, the 17-acre gardens and Steam Museum open as a joint attraction for visitors; a very unusual combination arising from Alan Bloom’s fascination with both. Hopefully both will be open later this year, but in the meantime here is something somewhat unique that you might like to watch on TV tonight... #InsideTheSteamTrainMuseum Thursday 28th May at 7pm on Channel 5
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Paeonia lactiflora ‘Defender’ has never looked better but, like so many plants in the gardens, is not listed in the RHS Plant Finder. Maybe we’ll divide it some time … ... See MoreSee Less

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Adrian Bloom plants up an area of the Foggy Bottom garden at Bressingham. ... See MoreSee Less

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Iris ‘Jane Phillips’ in Alan Bloom's Dell Garden. Still a classic, and in the original island beds designed by Alan back in 1953. Hopefully the Hall will be open for guests again in the not too distant future... ... See MoreSee Less

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We are still not opening the gardens until we get clearance to do so, but we thought you might like to see a spectacular rhododendron in Foggy Bottom. Planted back in 1978 or thereabouts it once had a label, which regrettably seems lost. It grew to be a sizeable shrub amongst others, branches struggling for the light. A small 'tornado' blew down conifers nearby, and this area was cleared and planted last year.

Sorry you are not able to see this amazing display … but make a note to visit in early May 2021, and it may be even better!
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  • “A belated thank you for the excellent plants safely delivered for our order. In these unusual times it is a joy to read the newsletters and see pictures of the changing seasons in the gardens, which we have had the joy of visiting for over forty years.”

  • “I just wanted to say I received my mail order delivery today and it had brightened my week. The plants seem in such beautiful condition and I cannot wait to start building up my home garden a little more.”

  • “Thank you. The order was received in a good time and very pleased with the plants. I’m sure I’ll be back looking at your site again soon. Keep up the good work and stay safe.”

  • “Just a quick note to say that my plants arrived on Friday in very good order.  I planted them Friday afternoon and they are now settling in nicely.  Thank you so much and for great service in these difficult times.  It is so good to have our gardens to give us hope.  Stay safe all of you and thanks again.”

  • “Plants have arrived in perfect condition – excellent packing – thanks!”

  • “Thank you for my beautiful plants which arrived safely today thanks to your careful packing. They look super healthy – you give excellent service.”

  • “As usual I am very pleased with the plants – great looking healthy plants – nice new non-black pots and great compost.
    Also very pleased to have obtained the new Crocosmia ‘Bressingham Flare’ and the new Kniphofia ‘ Bressingham Lava Flow’ – very much in keeping with the work of Mr Alan Bloom who introduced many excellent Crocosmias and Kniphofias which we were pleased to have obtained from Alan during our visits – please keep up the good work.”
  • “We had a wonderful visit to the gardens in February when the snowdrops were at their best in Foggy Bottom and the carefully placed Cornus were ablaze.”

  • “Fabulous! We’ve been every season and it’s always fabulous!”

  • “Lovely visit – we always enjoy our time here whatever time of the year. Thank you so much.”

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