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Bressingham to feature in Channel 5's Great British Gardens




Bressingham will hit the small screen next week when a popular visitor attraction is the subject of a full-length television programme.

On Monday, Channel 5’s Great British Gardens will explore the work of Bressingham Gardens and its ‘four-season approach’.

Presenter Carol Klein will join lifetime horticulturist Adrian Bloom, as they walk through 70 years of history – from the garden’s inception in the 1950s as a family space to the 17-acre garden it is today, featuring a collection of around 8,000 plants.

Adrian Bloom will walk viewers through 70 years of history at Bressingham Gardens. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Adrian Bloom will walk viewers through 70 years of history at Bressingham Gardens. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

Unlike most horticulture programmes, which are shot during just one point of the year, Klein has repeatedly visited the garden over the space of a year – from August 2019 to last summer – as she talks to Mr Bloom about how his plants transform and adapt to the changing seasons.

“The gardens are not done without a fair bit of hard work,” said Mr Bloom, who was given a lifetime achievement award from The Garden Media Guild in 2015 for his contributions to British Horticulture.

“I always wanted to create something with year-round interest – seeing what you can create in a small garden to give it a year round colour.

“This is the first time they have done four seasons – that’s why this particular programme is ground-breaking.

“We hope people will get some inspiration and look at doing something themselves.

Particular focus will be given to the winter garden, which is one of only 10 in the entire country, where a selection of amamelide, viburnum, and cornus midwinter fire plants are grown, not only sustaining the bitterly cold winter weather but thriving in it.

Other gardens, such as Foggy Bottom, the summer garden and Adrian’s wood will also feature, illustrating the year-round appeal.

Great British Gardens will air on Channel 5 on Monday at 9pm.



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