Leani Nursery under the ownership of the Jurgens family for the last two and a half years is slowly undergoing a complete metamorphosis, thanks to the vision and care of the family. Trees in abundance have been saved and in turn have formed a canopy of cool green over almost the entire garden section. Sun-loving plants have their place on the outskirts of the "forest". Paths meander between ferns and over a stream which makes its way down the glen from the impressive water feature at the entrance. Sun light and the many shades of colour co-mingle to form a kaleidoscope of patterns which enhances the sense of "depth".
By Mike Carstens
Leani Nursery also produces their own compost and the plant is situated discreetly on the far side of the nursery away from the public. But the best part, besides the forest-feel, is the entertainment provided by artists on a regular basis. This usually takes place on certain Sundays from noon onwards. The nursery is a member of the Music Theater group; - a society which incorporates various restaurants and venues along the garden Route. Benches and tables spread along an earthen terrace form a small amphitheatre protected from the wind by the foliage above.
The artists do their thing on a slightly higher terrace in front. Works like a bomb! You can bring your own wine and grub or order a picnic hamper from Leani Nursery. You would have to order this before hand of course.
I attended one show and thoroughly enjoyed the fun and interaction between artists and audience. By three-thirty it was all over, but had it been a warm summer's day, who knows when it would've ended. Time didn't seem to matter.
There are plans ahead for a small coffee shop, which will blend in with the trees.
Leani Nursery is worth a visit. You can find out when and who is to provide the next cabaret or music. Their number is 044 620 2565.