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. 

#Enjoy reading our 2021 Annual Review

as we celebrate you, a member of our plant-loving community in South Africa:

‘Laying down roots as a civil society, non-profit organisation for plant conservation has been our focus in these dynamic times. It has been an exciting year for BotSoc with pioneering work to refine our Transformation, Conservation and Marketing strategies and in parallel ensure that operations are evolving to be relevant to our changing society and its members.’

Antonia de Barros, BotSoc General Manager

Our Conservation Work

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

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STEWARDSHIP

CYCADS

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Latest Conservation News

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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

DISCOVER SUMMER!

Our V&F team believes the Summer issue of Veld & Flora is especially precious . . . Like some of the plants it profiles, it defied the odds! In this case, not predators and weather but overcoming internet outages, loadshedding, Covid-19 and many other unwanted ordeals!

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!

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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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

28 January 2022

Plant Conservation Webinar

Latest #BotSocSA News

Win-win with the What-The-Hack workout
Hacking is about helping to make space for our indigenous plants by cutting down invasive alien trees and bushes, usually with a handsaw or loppers and tree poppers, or sometimes also pulling out seedlings by hand.
People for plants: Meet these four incredible BotSoc volunteers
People for plants: Meet these four incredible BotSoc volunteers
How to be climate-smart and plant indigenous
In order to be climate-smart, gardeners should choose plants that are locally indigenous.
Hiking South Africa’s national botanical gardens
How to enjoy one of South Africa’s favourite outdoor activities in our spectacular national botanical gardens

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

Hours

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

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+27 (0) 21 797 2090

Or contact us by sending a Whatsapp message to +27 65 922 6163 during our office hours.

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