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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.

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 Bloom’s home for 50 years and that of the Bloom family has now been fully re furbished and is available for use as holiday lets and for wedding and other group stays.

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.
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.

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  • “A stunning hidden gem. I feel sorry for those missing out! Very well kept & maintained.”

  • “Glorious, so many wonderful plants, shrubs and flowers to feast your eyes on. Well done, appreciate the hard work that goes into making everything look so stupendous.”

  • “Turn the corner – a burst of colour & shapes takes your breath away. What a treat.”

  • “A wonderful collection which gives out peace and stimulation at the same time.”

  • “The first time that I have visited in the spring – just lovely and inspirational.”

  • “Stunning even in March”

  • “Come having seen it on Gardener’s World. Well worth the trip from Yorkshire.”

  • “Have come from Bucks to Norfolk & popped in to have a brain rest from driving. How lucky am I! The gardens look stunning, an encyclopedia of plant names and the Foggy Bottom conifers come into their own. I shall be back in the summer. Wonderful hidden jewel – no idea it was here! Staggering – literally!””

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