Bressingham Steam and Gardens (Norfolk)
|The above picture was taken in 2003 of the site of a new garden called "Ardrian's Wood". It was due to open in the summer of 2004 and is an "historical and educational tribute to the impact of North American horticulture on modern British gardens". The contribution that North American plants have made to British gardening heritage has been largely unrecognised, according to Adrian Bloom
Adrian began planting seeds from a number of trees including the Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum), which he obtained on a trip to California in 1960. Over the next thirty-five years, the area became a forest and had to be cleared of unwanted trees in order to create a pathway linking the Dell and Foggy Bottom Gardens for the first time.
The Redwoods had by now reached 80 feet in height and they determined the layout of the new garden. It would be very interesting to see how the garden looks now and a return visit to re-measure the trees (if possible) is on the agenda.