Contents of the Summer 2011 Northants News
(final?) Coventry Continental Trip
DAY 1 - On the
morning of Tuesday April 5th we made our way to Rugby to pick up the coach which
was to take us on the 2011 Continental Trip. This was the 40th trip that Warren
and Joan Withers had organised and this year was to be the last.
We left Rugby at 12.00 noon for Hull and the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge
in Belgium, and had a very smooth crossing.
We crossed the border
into East Germany and the change of landscape was really amazing, from
the very hilly and tree covered countryside of the West to the flat open
areas of the East, with the buildings dark and grey, with a very much
Russian influence, however new roads and bridges are being built.
Kakteen Haage is the
oldest Nursery in the World. The Haage family have been working as
gardeners in Erfurt since 1685 and the Nursery was created in 1822 by
Friedrich Adolph Haage. Ulrich Haage became the owner of the family firm
They had some
excellent plants although somewhat on the expensive side, however people
managed to find a lot to buy. Haage’s private collection was
magnificent and it was well worth the long drive to see it.
We could have done
with half a day here but after one and half to two hours we had to make
our way back as the driver would have exceeded her hours otherwise. We
arrived back at the Hotel in Unna with just 15 minutes left.
After breakfast we
left the hotel and made our way to the nursery of Jan Biesheuvel in
Lexmond, then on to Aad Vijverberg’s Nursery in Honserlersdijk where
the garden is as good as the cacti in the glasshouse.
It is very pretty
with a large rockery with every kind of alpine you could think of and
since we were last there a large ornamental pool has been made. After
this it was the nursery of Cok Grootscholten only a short distance away.
Finally we arrived at the Nursery of Paul and May Hoogvliet in
Westvoorne which is very close to the port in Rotterdam.
Then, after all the
plants bought that day were packed away in boxes and stowed in the
coach’s hold, we were on our way to the ferry and on our way home.
Diana for your report of the Coventry Trip. I know that many people have
enjoyed these over the years. I would have loved to have gone just once!