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Tributes to a renowned plantsman
Alan Bloom
Alan Bloom's passions were perennials and steam engines
Leading figures from the gardening world have been paying tribute to the renowned Norfolk plantsman Alan Bloom, who has died aged 98.

Mr Bloom was the man behind the famous Bloom's nursery and the Bressingham Steam Museum.

Alan Titchmarsh said he was a legend in the world of hardy plants and a plantsman of unparalleled knowledge.

Norfolk's Bob Flowerdew said he had introduced many new plants which were often bred from British natives.

Mr Bloom wrote books on plants and his other passion, steam, and was joint founder of the Hardy Plant Society.

After the publication of his first book in 1957, he often appeared with Percy Thrower, Britain's famous TV gardener.

Mr Bloom, who was born in Cambridgeshire, pioneered the use of hardy perennials in "island beds" in the mid 1950s, and was responsible for breeding and introducing a wide range of nearly 200 varieties of perennials.

Over the last 30 years he devoted less time to the nursery and more to steam and propagating his beloved perennials.

He was awarded both the Victoria Medal of Honour and the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and an MBE.

Mr Bloom, a Quaker, died at his home, Bressingham Hall. A celebration of his life will be held on 21 June at Bressingham.

Nursery's renowned founder dies
31 Mar 05 |  Norfolk

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