Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:03
We live very close to Blooms of Bressingham. Up until a few years ago it was still owned by the Bloom family and you would often see family members walking about and only too ready to pass on their advice and experience. You could buy some very rare plants and something different. They sold only plants, had a small tea shop and a shop for gardening sundries.
About 5 years ago they sold out to Wyvale. They have doubled the size of the tea shop and have included a large childrens play area which is very noisy. There used to be a large area dedicated to shade loving plants. That has been built over and in its place a shop selling sportswear etc. It also sells shoes, craft stuff, toys, books, candles, you name it they sell it. Basically what you can buy at any other Garden Centre. Bank Holidays are devoted to Fireman Sam days etc aimed at families.. Also prices of plants are high and the quality low as selling plants seems to be secondary.
I do not visit there anymore but give my business to the individually owned nurseries. It is such a shame to see such a renowned business be reduced to a run of the mill department store type oulet.