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Re: Fw: Alan Bloom Dies Aged 98

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fw: Alan Bloom Dies Aged 98
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 10:52:10 -0600
  • References: <11914989.1112456573652.JavaMail.root@sniper11.usinternet.com>

Have you ever seen the ads BOB run?  People who want to introduce a new
cultivar would have a lot of hurdles to overcome to introduce a new find, so
BOB offers to do it for you.  Of course, they must take a huge chunk of the
rights and royalties, but I'd think your plant would have a better chance.
Anyone here ever try that?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2005 9:51 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Fw: Alan Bloom Dies Aged 98

> Thanks for sending us the news of Alan Bloom's death.  I heard his son
> Adrian speak this summer. He spoke so fondly and with such pride about his
> father.  The photographs of their garden were stunning!  I was surprised
> realize that I must grow many of his intros-  I grow all of the plants
> listed.  I don't really pay much attention to who the hybridizers are of
> perennials that I grow. I'm glad that the family is still interested
> in introducing new and better plant material.
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
> Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2005 10:39 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Fw: Alan Bloom Dies Aged 98
> Hi - just received this on another list.  thought some of you might be
> interested.
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Graham Rice" <garden@tiscali.co.uk>
> To: <perennials@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 7:03 AM
> Subject: Alan Bloom Dies Aged 98
> Alan Bloom, one of the most importaant people in the development of
> perennials, died this week. He introduced an astonishing number of
> new plants, documented in his book, Alan Bloom's Hardy Perennials
> (Croom Helm, 1991), and his style of gardening using island beds
> changed the way we grew perennials. I've just received this obituary
> from Adrian Bloom.
> Graham Rice
> Alan Bloom, the founder of a famous nursery and steam museum at
> Bressingham in Norfolk has died aged 98 at his home Bressingham Hall.
> Creator of the six acre Dell garden at Bressingham where he pioneered
> the use of hardy perennials in Island Beds in the mid 1950s, he
> was also responsible for breeding and introducing a wide range of
> nearly 200 varieties of perennials, amongst the most famous are
> Crocosmia Lucifer, Astilbe Sprite, Achillea Moonshine, Geranium
> Ballerina and Phlox Franz Schubert. The Dell garden eventually
> containing over 5000 species and varieties of perennials from all
> over the world was developed between 1953 and 1962. From 1962 his
> energies were put toward a completely different pastime, collecting
> old steam traction engines and locomotives, then being put on the
> scrap heaps of Britain. With a team of paid and volunteer helpers
> this was the beginning of what was to become The Bressingham Steam
> Museum, one of the largest live Steam attractions in Britain.
> Opening in the early 1960s the garden and Steam Museum became a
> unique visitor attraction, and though much enlarged, still runs
> today. Alan Bloom wrote many books  on plants and particularly
> perennials, steam, autobiography and even tried his hand at novels,
> in all around 30 books.
> When he left school in Cambridge he worked on other nurseries in
> England before returning to help his father Charles Bloom on his
> nursery in Oakington, Cambridgeshire before starting his own business
> in the same village in 1926. The nursery was primarily wholesale, and
> Blooms Nurseries became one of the largest of its kind in England by
> the outbreak of war in 1939. During this period he put the plant
> business into mothballs, and bought a farm in Burwell adjacent to
> Wicken Fen. As his contribution to the war effort Alan cleared the
> Fen for food crops, his achievement recognised by a visit to the farm
> from King George the Sixth
> and Queen Elizabeth
> Returning to his occupation as nurseryman, Alan Bloom sold both
> Burwell and Oakington and moved to Bressingham in Norfolk with his
> young family in 1946, to establish a nursery in this quiet south
> Norfolk village. Fulfilling a long felt desire to be a pioneer he
> needed little encouragement to move his family to Canada in 1948.
> Later he was to say it was the biggest mistake in his life. Moves to
> Vancouver Island and then Ontario were not a success, and he had to
> return to rescue the failing nursery left behind under the
> responsibility of a manager. Alan rebuilt the nursery and by 1955 it
> became one of the largest perennial nurseries in Europe, during a
> time when perennials were far less popular than today. He was also
> joint founder of the Hardy plant society and first chairman.
> Alan was joined in the nursery and farm business by his sons Adrian
> and Robert in 1962, and from 1970 took an ever decreasing role,
> spending his time with his steam interest and propagating his beloved
> perennials. Alan wrote his first book on perennials in 1957, often
> appearing with Percy Thrower, Britain's first TV Gardener. He was
> awarded both The Victoria Medal of Honour (V.M.H.) and the Veitch
> Memorial Medal (V.M.M.) by the Royal Horticultural Society and an
> M.B.E.
> Alan Herbert Vauser Bloom born 19th November 1906 Over,
> Cambridgeshire. Married twice, to Doris Heavens in 1931 and Flora
> Mackintosh in 1956. He had six children, eight grandchildren and two
> great grandchildren.
> Alan Bloom was a Quaker and there will be a private service. A
> celebration of his life will be held on 21st June 2005 at
> Bressingham. Details by early May from tel. no: 01379 686900 or 01379
> 688030.
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