Know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa’s indigenous plants

KNOW

GROW

Protect

ENJOY

People for Plants

There has never been a more important time to support and protect the natural wonders that grow on South African soil. The Botanical Society of South Africa (NPO 003-394) is a member-driven organisation that offers citizen scientists, amateur nature enthusiasts, the general public, and environmental experts the opportunity to join hands and be a part of the solutions to biodiversity challenges across the country. Our mission is to win the hearts, minds and material support of individuals and organisations, wherever they may be, for the conservation, cultivation, study and wise use of the indigenous flora and vegetation of South Africa. 

Know

Learn about South Africa’s diverse indigenous plant heritage, why their ecosystems matter so much, and how to conserve them in your own area. Read more.

 

Grow

Meet like-minded people who grow indigenous plants for enjoyment and conservation. Plant South African flora and watch these naturally water-wise plants create a safe haven for pollinators and wildlife at home. Read more.

Protect

Initiate, implement and maintain effective conservation efforts in rural and urban landscapes, wherever you are in South Africa, with the support of knowledgeable experts partnering with many other organisations to build our network. Read more.

 

Enjoy

From wild spaces and botanical gardens, to urban green corridors and your own backyard, our flora will ensure South Africa is a beautiful environment that brings people together with nature and each other. Read more.

Conserving our natural heritage, for all, forever

The Botanical Society was formed more than a century ago to help develop and support the country’s national botanical gardens. BotSoc’s mission has since grown to supporting plant conservation across South Africa through its branches and by working with key partners. 

Reviving our commitment to

Plant Conservation

Our Council Chairperson Bongani Mnisi’s letter to BotSoc members

In the last year, BotSoc focused on refining our strategies in terms of transformation, conservation and marketing, to put systems in place to support implementation of those goals.  While in the main, we have made great strides in re-establishing ourselves as a plant conservation society of committed people who love South Africa’s indigenous plants, there is still a long way to go… Your new BotSoc Council met recently and we are excited about taking these reflections forward over the next year to serve our members and our planet through the work and activities of our branches that make us the dynamic community of people-for-plants that we are.

Make the most of our

Spring Membership Special

You simply can’t miss out on the 2021 spring floral display.

That’s why we’re making it easy to enjoy the spring blooms in our national botanical gardens – through our spring BotSoc membership special. If you sign up as a member or renew before 30 September 2021, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your membership.

Enjoy 12 months of free access to all SANBI gardens and receive our Veld & Flora magazine, among other benefits.
It doesn’t matter when your membership expires: this special runs for 12 months from your membership expiry date.

Here’s how to benefit from this special.

This offer is only available to members who sign up on Webtickets. In order to take advantage of the discount, here are the easy steps to follow:

  • When you reach the My Basket page on Webtickets just BEFORE you CHECKOUT you will see this field:

  • Please enter the word botsoc and then click on APPLY VOUCHER.
  • A 10% deduction appears on the right just above your total.
  • Click on CHECKOUT to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Don’t forget to complete the required fields on Webtickets.

Click here to make the most of this special.

In the meantime, enjoy our virtual spring spectacle through our spring flower watch series.

Where to see West Coast wildflowers this spring
Carry all the Peninsula’s flowers in your pocket
Spring Flower Watch: Ingwehumbe Nature Reserve
Spring Flower Watch: Bosch Berg Nature Reserve, Kwazulu-Natal
Spring Flower Watch: Napier Commonages, Overberg
Spring Flower Watch: Hantam National Botanical Garden
Spring Flower Watch: Tulbagh
Spring Flower Watch: Tienie Versfeld Nature Reserve
Spring Flower Watch: West Coast National Park
Spring Flower Watch: Biedouw Valley
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Our Conservation Work

BotSoc champions biodiversity conservation in South Africa to protect our extraordinary plant diversity and ecosystems. 

CREW

STEWARDSHIP

CYCADS

CPUT

Botanical Gardens

BotSoc is a proud partner and funder of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), caretaker of our country’s 11 official National Botanical Gardens, as well as other privately run living libraries. 

FEATURED GARDEN
KAROO DESERT

Free State

Kwa-Zulu Natal

DURBAN

KWELERA

Garden Route

LOWVELD

Hantam

Pretoria

Harold Porter

Thohoyandou

KIRSTENBOSCH

Walter Sisulu

Walter Sisulu Gardens

Latest Veld & Flora e-issue – share the adventures of our People for Plants!

Sit back and enjoy the adventures in the world of South Africa’s marvellous plants that you can share through the Botanical Society. 

BotSoc members get special three-month access to each new issue with the password that we have emailed to them. If you’re not yet a member, click here to join now!

Feel good about your Contribution to Conservation

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WHY JOIN?

Join hands with us 

The Botanical Society of South Africa works to promote the conservation, cultivation, study and wise use of the indigenous flora of southern Africa for the benefit and sharing of all. Donating to BotSoc helps us to form new partnerships and mobilise resources to make worthy contributions, such as creating sustainable jobs and livelihood opportunities in South Africa’s conservation economy.  

People for Plants

There has never been a more important time to support and protect the natural wonders that grow all over South Africa. BotSoc SA (NPO 003-394) offers citizen scientists, amateur nature enthusiasts, the general public, and environmental experts the opportunity to join hands and be a part of the solutions to biodiversity challenges across the country. Together, we are a critical mass of people uniting through our love for protecting plants. Sign up as a member today and feel good about your contribution to conservation. 

PLANT CONSERVATION FEATURE

WITH RUPERT KOOPMAN, SISSIE MATELA, NOEL OETTLÉ AND MICHAEL GROVER

We discuss principles of land management, what happens when land is not managed sustainably, and how you, as a BotSoc member, can promote good land management in your daily activities. Watch here

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Plant Conservation Webinar

Next up: Grasslands of South Africa

Our next BotSoc Plant Conservation Webinar takes place on Thursday 30 September from 5:00 – 6:00pm. We’re taking a look at the Grasslands of South Africa, with a focus on the conservation status and extent of our grasslands, threats and appropriate fire management. We’ve got a wonderful set of presenters, including Dr Debbie Jewitt of Ezembelo KZN Wildlife, Anisha Dayaram of SANBI and Prof Sally Archibald of Wits University.

Numbers are limited via Zoom, so register to join the webinar so long, and be sure to join the webinar early. (The webinar is also shown live on YouTube).

BRANCH COMMITTEES

Ongoing – Environmental Impact Assessment Training

iNaturalist TraininG

1, 8 , 15, 22, 29 Sep. MS Teams virtual sessions, Wednesdays at 7-7h30.
More information here

iNaturalist TraininG

6, 13, 20 Oct. MS Teams virtual sessions, Wednesdays at 7-7h30.
More information here

Great Southern Bioblitz

22 – 25 Oct. City of Cape Town
More information here

Latest #BotSocSA News

When plants and heritage meet: Revitalising an urban community garden
Moja Gabedi is an urban community garden started and run by the University of Pretoria’s Department of Community Engagement, and the development of the project
Almost a third of the world’s trees are threatened
One in three trees could become extinct, according to the new ‘State of the World’s Trees’ report just released by the conservation nonprofit Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).
Rediscovering a forgotten forest
On the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, Pongola Bush has withstood natural and human onslaughts for more than 2 million years.
Webinar: Saunders’ Field Guide to Gladioli of South Africa book launch
The launch of 'Saunders’ Field Guide to Gladioli of South Africa' the first of its kind to offer a complete photographic record of the 166 species that occur in the country!
How to grow Proteas in your outdoor space
It’s easier than you might think to grow a Protea in your outdoor space, rewarding you with stunning flowers and attracting a range of wildlife to the garden.
Meet the kalanchoe people
New South African kalanchoe hybrids have been named in honour of key figures in our botany and horticulture
Where to Enjoy Aloes in South Africa
Winter is Aloe season in South Africa. As these majestic succulents come into bloom en masse, their bright and spectacular flowers transform mountains, koppies, open plains and gardens.
One of the World’s Happiest Hobbies? Why, gardening of course
The Botanical Society’s Kirstenbosch branch encourages you to start ‘Gardening for Happiness’, as they prepare to launch the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair.
BotSoc Webinar: Save our Succulents
Poaching and the illegal trade of succulents is a major challenge to plants in South Africa.
​​First-hand account of this Gauteng CREW field trip
I got ready for my first ever CREW field trip, hoping that the rain would hold off long enough for us to find our target species: Melolobium subspicatum, from the pea family, and Habenaria kraenzliniana, from the orchid family.
BotSoc branch puts paradise on a wall
The bold and beautiful strelitzia is now celebrated in a glorious mural at the Durban Botanic Gardens, thanks to BotSoc’s KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Branch.

Locate your Branch

ALBANY

Free State

KZN Coastal

Pretoria

Algoa

Garden Route

KZN Inland

Southern Overberg

Bankenveld

Kirstenbosch

Limpopo

West Coast

Cederberg

Kogelberg

Lowveld

Winelands

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Monday to Friday 08h30 to 16h00. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

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