We are delighted to invite you to join us when Jaime Blake, Curator of the world-famous 6-acre Dell Garden at Bressingham in Norfolk for over 20 years, will talk about some of the varieties of perennials and grasses in his care. His talk is entitled Alan Bloom, a thinker and doer and will take us on a journey through the extraordinary life of this world renowned Plantsman and Author.
Jaime’s late father-in-law was Alan Bloom, MBE, one of the most innovative of plantsmen who pioneered the use of hardy perennials in island beds in the 1950s. These beds allowed the plants to grow more ruggedly so staking wasn’t necessary and the plants were easier to weed. Mr Bloom was responsible for breeding and introducing a wide range of nearly 200 varieties of perennials including Crocosmia Lucifer, Geranium, Astilbe, Phlox and Knifophia – and planted his alpine plants in simple raised beds for visual impact.
A co-founder of the HPS, Alan Bloom began Bloom’s Nursery in the grounds of his home, Bressingham Hall, and later added a second passion to his first love of propagating plants, which was steam trains; thus the Bressingham Steam Museum was born.
In a tribute after his death, aged 98, in 2005, Alan Titchmarsh said that Alan Bloom was a legend in the world of hardy plants and a plantsman of unparalleled knowledge. The RHS recognised his achievements and awarded him the Veitch Memorial Medal and also the Victoria Medal of Honour. Alan’s son, Adrian Bloom, has also been awarded the VMH, the only father and son to be honoured.
Jaime Blake will share his knowledge of some of the 4,500 perennials and grasses in his care and of Alan Bloom – his wisdom and insight. The Bressingham Gardens cover an impressive 17-acres and include Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom garden and Adrian’s Wood – which joins The Dell to Foggy Bottom. There are over 8,000 species and cultivars of perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs, trees, conifers and bulbs grown – a paradise for any gardener or garden lover, whatever the season.
Event: Thursday, 10 April, 2014 at 7.30pm
(Doors open at 6.30pm)
Venue: William Farr School, Lincoln Road, WELTON, Lincolnshire, LN2 3JB.
Tickets: £5 includes Refreshments.
Telephone: 01427 668412 for Tickets/Information from January: download booking form from Lincolnshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society or Clubbz websites.