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Heavy rain and flooding did not deter visitors to our first joint Blooming Bressingham and Fragrant Fersfield Open Gardens Weekend.  Admission ticket sales, Gardeners’ Question Time admissions, sponsorship, programme advertising, craft and plant stall pitch fees and numerous cups of teas and slices of cake managed to raise a grand total of £4,193.75! Just over a year ago, a group of people from both Bressingham and Fersfield, interested in taking part in an open gardens event to raise much needed building repair funds for the two local churches, had their first meeting and decided to call the event Blooming Bressingham and Fragrant Fersfield (thanks Pam!). Starting from a blank sheet of paper, the core team - the Gardens Committee  - agreed a basic format, and over several months the Open Gardens began to take shape. It was always intended to be a fun community event as well as a fundraising opportunity, and thanks to the many helpers, Blooming Bressingham and Fragrant Fersfield was just that. 

We would like to extend our thanks to all sponsors, advertisers, Gardeners’ Question Time panel members, planted wheelbarrow participants and the many volunteers who baked cakes, raised marquees, sold tickets, served the refreshments, donned pinnies and washed multiple cups and saucers.

With thanks,
Blooming Bressingham & Fragrant Fersfield Gardens Committee


Dear Friends & Neighbours of Bressingham & Fersfield, I want to thank all the wonderful volunteers who baked the mountain of cakes and others who gave their time, and energy to make the Open Gardens Weekend great!

Thank You so much.
From the Open Garden Refreshment Team

  Held on Sat 25 June this event was very well received. In spite of the heavy rain and roads flooding, the village hall, a lovely 17th century barn, was full, and attendees asked questions such as how to treat aphid infestations on cherry trees and how to make lily of the valley come into flower. The chair, renowned horticulturalist and village resident Adrian Bloom bantered with panel members Chris Grey-Wilson, Guy Barker, Jaime Blake and Ben Potterton, making an extremely enjoyable evening. The evening was divided into three sections: each panellist revealed how they became inspired into taking up gardening; there were two question and answers sessions; and the chair and panel in turn discussed in detail their top three plants that they would recommend for any garden.
Here are the winners of the planted wheelbarrow competition:
1st - a framed Photographic Portrait in their garden taken by professional photographer
Liz Handy
Karen Bate, 101 Common Road, Bressingham for “Roll out the Barrel”.
2nd - a bottle of champagne Mark Hall, 103 Common Road for “Fairy Garden”
3rd - a Peter Beales rose voucher Jan Hewitt, The Cottage, The Common, Fersfield, for best classic planting
4th - a small hydrangea Mary Tupper, The Laurels, Bressingham Road, Bressingham for her medicine-themed design.

Click here to see photos of the winning wheelbarrows >>

The judges, the Reverend Canon Tony and Reverend Liz Billett, said that they were deeply impressed with the range and quality of the wheelbarrows, and that it was a privilege for them to be judges. Their judging criteria was: the quality of the plants, the combination of plants, imagination and design.

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