This book is a personal portrait of a garden, Foggy Bottom in Norfolk which has been created over 50 years by the gardener and TV presenter, Adrian Bloom of Bressingham Nurseries.

In the first two sections, Adrian takes us on a tour of Foggy Bottom, chatting to us about the different areas from Crossways and the Mini-Pinetum to The Book Bed. As we wander through the garden, Adrian shows us the different trees and plants and we discover some of his favourites, for example Luzula sylvatica ‘Aurea’ and his experiments with choosing different companion plants. Beautifully photographed, we journey through the garden at different times of the day and in different seasons.

The third part is an intimate portrayal of Adrian’s family and the creation of the garden from its beginnings in 1966. Rooted in Adrian’s love and connection to the place, Foggy Bottom is like a child – with times of frustration and learning, of joy and sorrow, of growing together and apart and ultimately of death.

In the final section, Adrian acknowledges those who have been involved with Foggy Bottom, the weather and wildlife found in the garden, the introduction of native wildflowers and how seeds bought over sixty years ago from the Squaw Valley gift shop in California have grown to over 100 feet!

Adrian’s humour is evident throughout and those who are lucky enough to have visited the gardens or those who can only wander around Foggy Bottom through the words and photography of this book will marvel at this ‘little piece of heaven’.

This book was a gift and I have not been paid for this review.

 

Please note this is a self-published book so may not be available at all book shops or garden centres. Signed copies of the book can be obtained from Adrian via the website www.foggybottomgarden.co.uk for £50.00 including postage.

 

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