Know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa’s indigenous plants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF THE BOTANICAL SOCIETY (BOTSOC)
It gives us great pleasure to share with you more information about the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Botanical Society (BotSoc). Our AGM has been scheduled for 3 July 2021.
Our Conservation Work
BotSoc champions biodiversity conservation in South Africa to protect our extraordinary plant diversity and ecosystems.
Latest Conservation News
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.
Your autumn issue is now available
This EarthCare issue will take you back to ancestral dreams of plant places and forward to futuristic vaccinations of silver trees.
BotSoc members: Your print copy is in the post. And you can read the magazine online here (your password has been emailed to you).
To enjoy access to Veld & Flora, our flagship quarterly magazine, become a BotSoc member. Here’s how.
Feel good about your Contribution to Conservation
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.
Interview with Elise Buitendag, author of ‘Genesis of a Garden’
Elise’s favourite part of Lowveld NBG is the walk down to the rocks overlooking the Nels River. When the garden was first founded, this area was still bush until the viewpoint we see today was carefully cleared, taking great care not to damage any valuable trees. Read more
Thursday, 24 June 2021
PLANT CONSERVATION WEBINAR
Next up: Good land management practice
Good land management practice is the theme of our next plant conservation webinar on Thursday 24 June 2021. We’re joined by Noel Oettlé, Sissie Matela and Michael Grover to 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.
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).
Ongoing – Environmental Impact Assessment Training
BotSoC BRANCH CONVENTION
1-2 July 2021. Zoom. Member event.
BotSoC BRANCH CONVENTION: WEBINAR
1 July 2021. Zoom. Members event.
BotSoC BRANCH CONVENTION: Honours & Awards and SOCIAL
2 July 2021. Zoom. Members event.
News from our Members
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