Outing Report 2018 - Harlow Carr
Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society Outing to Harlow Carr
Our first outing of the year is always keenly anticipated, but when it happened to coincide with what was to be the hottest bank holiday since 1978, it made for a perfect visit. This beautifully landscaped garden comprises of many unique features including a wild flower meadow and one of the longest stream side gardens in the country. A walk along this was a delight, with the banks recently reconstructed with willow, which has allowed the many plants, such as primrose, marsh marigolds, hostas and ferns, to grow through naturally. A walk though the wooded area showed off the carpet of bluebells, against a backdrop of camellias and rhododendrons. In the kitchen garden the apple, pear and cherry blossom was a sight to behold. The huge lawns were manicured to perfection and the beds of flowers were magnificent. A visit to the Alpine House was a must, for many of us.
Held at the Learning Centre was a Tulip, Daffodil and Rhododendron Show, the variety and colours on display were amazing. We are very pleased to announce that one of our members, Michael Henson won three second places and three third places in the daffodil show. We send him our congratulations.
As well as the many different aspects of the garden to enjoy, there was a display of pottery and ceramics. There was also a Spring Plant Heritage Fair, whose members were celebrating their 40th anniversary, so a huge range of stalls featuring specialist nurseries. This was as well as Harlow Carr's own extensive shop and plant centre.
Of course for many of us, our visit would not have been complete, without a visit to Betty's famous teashop, which is on site, for a well deserved cup of Yorkshire tea.