Outing report - Potterton's and Skegness
Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society's visit to Pottertons Alpine Nursery at Nettleton, Lincolnshire on Sunday 28th May.
Early on a lovely summer's day, we set off on our first outing of the year. After driving through the beautiful countryside we arrived at Potterton's Nursery, tucked away down a narrow country lane, a real hidden gem. For many of us, the first stop was a refreshing cup of tea, then on to view the superb garden.
Mid morning, Rob gave a very informative talk and tour of his speciality, the wonderful Alpine collection, who knew that some of his seedling take 10 years of nurture before they are of a size ready for sale? The nursery stocks over 1500 varieties of Alpine, dwarf bulbs etc. Then it was time for the serious buying to take place, to scour the delights of the plant fair, as usual our members did justice, even a small tree was deposited in the boot of the bus!
During the morning, some of us sampled the Lincolnshire Plumbread, when we asked whether it was for sale, one of the staff, took orders, then drove to the local shop and purchased enough for us to take home. What lovely staff and what service. Then all too soon it was time to board the bus off to Skegness.
After a very pleasant drive we were deposited at “Skeggy”. Long before the days of exotic holidays, so many of us have fond memories of childhood holidays spent here, long days on the sands, ice cream and donkey rides. So for many of us, it was fish and chips by the sea, people watching, strolling and chilling out.
All too soon, it was time to board the coach and head off home, a wonderful day, including wall to wall sunshine, thank you Margaret, a super day.