Described by many visitors as “the best gardens they have seen”, Bressingham Gardens has continued to develop over recent years, well beyond the two major 6 acre gardens created by the late Alan Bloom and his son Adrian, both very different in contrast and famous for what the Bloom family have contributed to British Horticulture. Renowned perennial plantsman, Alan Bloom created from 1953 to 1962 his 6 acre Dell Garden devoted to displaying around 5,000 different species and cultivars of perennials in Island Beds, of which there are still around 50 in the garden, informal in shape and set off by the flowering grass lawns and pathways. Adrian Bloom, with his wife Rosemary, began their private garden Foggy Bottom facing a low lying meadow, in 1967. As the family business, Blooms Nurseries grew rapidly in the 1970’s, managed by Adrian and his brother Robert, so Adrian created a trial garden concentrating on its year round appeal, with a wide collection of conifers and heathers in the 6 acre meadow in front of the house. Foggy Bottom has changed dramatically since those days as the trees, shrubs and conifers have matured, with many disappearing to allow sweeping, broad avenues to reveal colourful, and season changing vistas which combine woody structure plants, as well as perennials, grasses, ferns and bulbs.
From 2000, the two separate main gardens have been joined by the interconnecting Fragrant Garden and Adrian’s Wood, the latter devoted to plants of North Amercian origin, and containing magnificent specimens of Giant Redwood, now 90′ (25m) in height, brought back as a seed by Adrian in 1960 and planted by him in 1964. At the entrance to the gardens, Adrian Bloom designed in 2002 and 2004 a Summer Garden and Winter Garden, using a range of plants to create maximum impact at specific times of the year, and above all, giving ideas to visiting gardeners that they can use in their own gardens. His “rivers of plants” have become of increasing interest to garden visitors, and the plant combinations in all gardens something which can be taken away to copy elsewhere.
It should be added that the gardens are still a family affair with Alan Bloom’s son in law Jamie Blake keeping the Dell Garden to a high standard, adding some of his own plant selections to the many introduced by Alan, and bred by him and his long time helper, Percy Piper. Rosemary Bloom sadly died in 2014, but Adrian Bloom continues to change and add to Foggy Bottom, with in 2015, the opening of a newly planted woodland garden, to be called Rosemary’s Wood.
Stunning Photo Opportunities in the Gardens
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I would like to thank all of the staff for making Katie and Jacob’s wedding day so special. Nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend Bressingham hall and High Barn to anyone who is thinking of getting married. Having the accommodation in the same grounds as the venue is such a great idea. No worries about getting to and from the ceremony and reception as it is all in the same grounds. The accommodation had everything that you need, there was enough space for everyone not to be in each other’s way. The bedrooms were comfortable. Well done.Rosina Clark
James and I had the most wonderful wedding at Bressingham Hall and High Barn! Sam and her team did an amazing job helping create a relaxed and calm atmosphere for our special day. It just couldn’t of been more perfect. We were one of the first weddings at this new venue and we highly recommend it to any new couples considering it as a possible venue choice!Laura & James Palas
We held our wedding here at the end of March and we couldn’t have been more happy… From start to finish Sam, our wedding advisor, made sure the whole day was perfect for us, listening to everything we wanted. We both felt totally relaxed knowing every detail had been covered and organised. The barn where the ceremony was held had a lovely atmosphere with its charm of beams and special lighting. We had some really nice group shots in the courtyard area, as the weather was so lovely. The grounds of Bressingham Hall are so beautiful with wonderful backdrops for special photos. It was so nice to be all in one place with no travelling between the ceremony and reception. We had an amazing day and so did our guests, we just couldn’t fault anything.Dawn & Chris
Thank you to all at Bressingham for making our day perfect. We were only the 2nd wedding here and I was a little apprehensive however it all went perfectly. I cannot thank the staff enough who were all lovely but also a huge thank you to Samantha who did everything she could to make our day special. She really cares about her job and it shows. The food was great, service great, venue is stunning and everyone was buzzing afterwards. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Thank you all!Emily & Jason Doyle
I attended the wedding of Elly and John yesterday . I wanted to email you to to offer feedback as I have never experienced such an excellent wedding venue/ reception in my many years ! As a consultant in Hospitality I really feel that you you deserve an excellent review for the event you managed yesterday. The staff were friendly yet highly professional, from the initial drinks to the excellent and highly efficient meal service. The 3 course meal was truly delicious, all served at the right temperature, with fresh perfectly cooked vegetables and pork. The cinnamon ice cream was extremely flavoursome and likewise served at the correct temperature. Your chefs should be truly congratulated as this is not easy to achieve with large numbers.
I also greatly admired the decor and relaxed yet formal ambience as well as the beautiful gardens of course. My sincere thanks for such a great experience.
Thank you so much to the whole team at Bressingham Hall & High Barn for our truly wonderful wedding this weekend!
We had such a magical day and evening. The wedding ceremony was so special, the catering all day was delicious and the organisation throughout was just fantastic. It really was our perfect day.
Darrin and I felt relaxed and happy all day and enjoyed the ambiance and atmosphere at this very beautiful and special venue. And so far, everything we are hearing from our guests – they did too!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us last weekend! I didn’t really get the chance to say a proper goodbye in the end, but John and I were so impressed with everything and had such a good day. The food was absolutely delicious and the barn and tent looked amazing. Everything was so professional, and we’ve both also had many compliments from our guests about how the day went off.
It really was very special for us, so thank you for everything you did. We shall certainly recommend the venue to anyone who asks! If you would like any further photos I can certainly send some through.
We have just had our wedding at the high barn on the 28th of July, and from start to finish Sam and the rest of Bressingham Hall team were fantastic! Every level of the wedding process was all done clearly and with little fuss. The venue was just what we wanted for our rustic country wedding and the gardens were gorgeous, especially for photos. The food was something that was important to us and was done superbly. The chocolate mousse is divine! The day itself ran like clockwork thanks to Sam working hard in the background. The hall itself was a lovely way for our families to get to know each other and was lovely addition to wedding. It was beautiful accommodation. We would highly recommend this lovely venue to any newly engaged couples!Jake and Alice
We had our wedding at Bressingham in May, the day couldn’t have gone any better. Sam and her team made the whole experience stress free and we had so many compliments on the venue and the food. We had an amazing day!!!Louise and Liam Cook