The members were given a very interesting talk by the Marketing Manager of Malan Seuns, Henk Meyer, who is also a Horticulturist. He traced the history of the Nursery back to 1913 when the first Mr Malan started selling fruit, and then fruit trees to his neighbours.
The Nursery has remained in the family, and a fourth generation Malans will be taking over the business in January 2015. A lot has changed in the 101 years of active business.
Although the nursery is very labour intensive, the club members saw how machinery is used to fill the pots with potting soil and then punch a hole in the middle of the pot in which the worker can then neatly place the seedling.
There are continual trials taking place to produce better, stronger, frost and insect resistant plants for sale to the public. Most of this technology takes place in Europe and cuttings are then brought to South Africa.
The Garden Club members were enthralled with the variety of plants available for sale in the Nursery. With water being so precious in our area, Water Wise plants are a good option, and Malan Seuns had many on offer.
Malan Seuns supplies plants to most of the nurseries in Middelburg, and members of the club will now have a special reason for supporting them.