Hidden amongst sweeping fields of golden barley, just five miles behind the Suffolk coastline, is Henstead Exotic Garden.
Its creator, Andrew Brogan, vowed he would do something different. And how. He started work just 12 years ago and already the garden is full of drama and brimming with vast architectural plants that reflect Brogan’s erudition, humour and great sense of adventure. “Don’t tell anyone that I work in insurance,” he laughs.
Incredibly, Brogan’s garden is as old as his knowledge of gardening. “I knew absolutely nothing about gardening when I moved here,” he explained. Inspired by various trips abroad, Brogan developed an interest in exotic plants, and so the hobby began. The neighbours must have been jumping for joy with the arrival of bamboos planted so close to the boundaries. “They’re all new neighbours now”, laughed Brogan.