A ‘Day in the Life’ at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville

Crowd at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville

Gathered on the front driveway of Alpine Nurseries Alstonville, a crowd of 60 odd recently experienced what it’s like to work in an award winning, state of the art wholesale nursery.

Family and friends of staff members enjoyed the glorious sunshine and were all ears when it came to learning about the history of the nursery and what it takes each and every day to successfully look after and manage over 65 hectares of green life.

Ben Habershon, Alpine Alstonville’s Operations Manager kicked off the day addressing his guests by saying “there is something very special about being able to share your workplace with your family and friends, showing them where you work, what you do, and the impact we have on our local community and environment.”

Ben, alongside right-hand man Guy Reed (Alstonville’s Production Manager) began the tour winding its way from the front beds, through shade houses, up to the propagation area, then stopping at what is known to the Alpine team as The Soak – a mini oasis in the middle of the nursery surrounded by huge local species teaming with wildlife, including a couple of resident platypuses! Doug Blythe (Development Supervisor) inspired guests with his incredible horticultural knowledge and methodology in planting and creating such a show stopping oasis.

Crowd shot at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville
Family and friends then weaved their way up to the newly completed nursery extension shade houses. Followed by a visit to the potting shed, where Tahlia Rolfe (Small Plants Potting Supervisor) had the pleasure of demonstrating how the potting machine works, inviting everyone to pot up their own plant to take home as a memento of the day.
Crowd walks at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville

Excitedly, guest of all ages, young and old chose between a Zanzibar Gem, Peace Lily, Heart Leaf Philodendron or a Bromeliad. Tough choice!

The day concluded with a picnic lunch. A glorious way for everyone to share stories of the nursery, what they had learned during the tour, as well as the opportunity to get to know each other’s families. Karen Bono, who recently retired after 27 years at Alpine returned to spend the day with us. There are a number of staff that have been with Alpine for more than a decade. This is testament to the Alpine culture and values that reside in our people.

Thank you to Ben and the Alstonville team for opening our doors for such an amazing initiative.

Ben and familty at Alstonville
Kids at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville