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Summer is moving swiftly towards us again so there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy nature in all it’s glory (even if the weather isn’t perfect - it breeds character!)

Our head gardener, Jaime Blake, and his team have been working hard to make Bressingham Gardens it’s usual, wonderful self - here’s a selection of the amazing events happening this year.

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Bressingham and Fersfield Celebration of Gardens

Sat 25th to Sun 26th June 2016
Bressingham and Fersfield, near Diss, Norfolk

June will see the Summer really start with twenty-two lovely private gardens in Bressingham and Fersfield open to the public. The Open Gardens presents a magnificent chance to view these beautiful scenes.

Smell the Fragrant Garden situated next to the picnic area, where visitors can enjoy flowers and fragrance throughout the summer.

Relax in our Summer Garden with it high grasses, a spectacular backdrop to colourful summer-flowering perennials which drift among them and then perhaps a stroll through the cool of Adrian’s Wood.

There will also be Plant Stalls, Crafts, Music, a Photography Exhibition and Refreshments.  All proceeds will be shared between Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Churches and the Village Hall for urgent building repairs.

  • Tickets for Blooming Bressingham and Fragrant Fersfield Open Gardens weekend 25-26th June, £5.  Opening hours: 10.30-5.30 pm daily.

Gardener’s Question Time

Sat 25th June 2016
7.30pm start

Bressingham Village Hall, Norfolk

One of the highlights of the joint Bressingham and Fersfield celebration of gardens will be the Saturday evening’s Gardener’s Question Time, featuring a broad range of local and internationally known horticulturists.

Adrian Bloom is Chairman of the talented and knowledgeable panel. The first part will involve each panellist telling the audience what – and perhaps who – got them inspired in their horticultural career.

Secondly, time for questions from the audience.

Thirdly, each of the panellists and Adrian will select and describe three of the best easy to grow plants for the smaller garden. Fifteen plants in total will form a list which will be available to all after the event.

Lastly a few more questions, primarily orientated around ornamental plants rather than rather than edible.

  • Tickets for Gardeners’ Question Time on Saturday, 25th June at 7.30 pm in Bressingham Village Hall (IP22 2AT), £5

  • All tickets are available from Bressingham Village Shop or Linda Holly, tel: 01379 687729 and Katherine Smith, tel: 01379 687207. GQT questions to be sent to either Linda or Katherine

Gardens and flower shows happening in Norfolk

If you still haven't totally saturated your appetite for Gardens, several events happening across Norfolk might be right up your street.

Open Garden Events

Open Garden events will continue across Norfolk in June and July.  Take a look at The Open Gardens UK National Directory for Gardens open near you.

Walk with me Events

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate will be holding a number of Walk With Me events throughout June and July. Booking is advisable.

In partnership with the National Trust and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Felbrigg Hall presents you with a completely new type of outdoor event.

Wander through woods and fields creating your own cinematic experience. With the landscape as your screen, headphones provide a soundtrack of music, words and sound effects.

As you move through the grounds, moods change, time flits from past to present and an intriguing narrative by novelist Megan Bradbury recollects the past of Felbrigg Hall and reframes the estate as a place of stories and wonder.

Norfolk Garden Show

26th Aug to 28th August 2016
Norfolk Showground

The Norfolk Garden Show displays an extensive array of garden and home products, landscape and design help, Floral Displays Marquee, live entertainment and food and drink fair.

This year’s show includes a new and improved family entertainment. Come and try & buy lots of fantastic DIY gardening activities, face painting and much more.

If you fancy a longer trip you can find a list of UK Gardens shows here

Visiting Nature

If you would enjoy a change from the more formal gardens and perhaps like the idea of appreciating nature then why not take some time to visit some of Norfolk's Nature Reserves.

The Wildlife trust

The Wildlife Trust Has many reserves of different habitat type across Norfolk. They also run a busy Summer Events program.


The RSPB also has fantastic Reserves across Norfolk some of the best wetland habitat so if you like to hear the Bitterns booming or to see a Swallowtail Butterfly head to Strumpshaw Fen or visit Titchwell Marsh for the big skies and sandy beach as well as a chance to watch Avocets

Wheatfen Nature Reserve

Wheatfen Nature reserve is a hidden Gem in Surlingham close to the City of Norwich that holds an a array of lovely events in the summer. The former home of Ted Ellis Wheatfen has a beautiful mix water, reads and woodland.

Do you have any favourite gardening tips or stories?

Horticulture is such a massive subject we always welcome suggestions and experience from visitors.

If you do, get in touch and let us know – you can also do it on Facebook or Twitter.

By Alastair Baker at 22 Jun 2016, 00:00 AM