ALPINE experts Pottertons Nursery celebrated 40 years in business this weekend.
And it was a truly international affair, as owners Rob and Jackie Potterton welcomed international lecturer Peter Korn from Sweden along to their open weekend.
A photographic display showed how the award-winning nursery, in Nettleton’s Moortown Road, has developed over the years, and there was also the chance to have a guided tour around the nursery and gardens.
Peter Korn spoke to 90-strong audience in the village hall about how he constructed his five-acre botanical garden in the Gottenburg area and the growing of many of the 14,000 different plants he has planted.
He praised the work done by Pottertons, whom he described as people who “know what they are growing and how to grow.”
“It is really good to see real quality and assortment,” he said.
“There should be more nurseries like this, growing their own plants rather than importing them.”
The nursery was set up in 1971 by Rob’s parents, Jean and Bob Potterton, and their friend Alan Martin.
The Pottertons moved to their present site in 1977 and since then, with son Rob and wife Jackie joining the business, the nursery has expanded.
In 1988, in association with Peter Orme, the nursery achieved a Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – and since then has received many more awards.
Such is Pottertons’ reputation, visitors came from all over the country to help them celebrate – from Berwick to London and Great Yarmouth to Blackpool.
“We are delighted so many people attended to help us celebrate,” said Rob.
“Peter’s talk in the village hall was very well received and we look forward to many more years in business.”
The weekend also raised £150 for Nettleton Church Tower fund, something with which Jean Potterton is very involved.