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

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People for Plants

There has never been a more important time to support and protect the natural wonders that grow on South African soilThe 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. 

Our Conservation Work

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

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STEWARDSHIP

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Latest Conservation News

BotSoc in action: Protecting threatened patches in Gqeberha
Webinar: Celebrating 10 years of the Overberg
Mossel Bay’s guardian buchu – scarcer than rhinos
Through thicket and thin: Protecting this incredible biome
Colour them beautiful: Saving the Hilton daisy
Get involved in plant conservation forums in 2022
Defining the Free State’s Bloemfontein karroid shrubland
BotSoc Webinar: Stewardship and pastoral herding
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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

VELD & FLORA sings
SA heritage!

There’s no better time than Heritage Month to reflect on our country’s beautiful natural heritage – its glories, its rarities and the challenges it faces. That’s the general theme we’ve taken for Veld & Flora’s September 2022 issue, now on its way to BotSoc members.

Remember that during the first three months of publication, only members have online access to the latest Veld & Flora. Additional copies of the print edition can be bought at the Botanical Society’s Kirstenbosch bookshops. Click here to join now!

Feel good about your Contribution to Conservation

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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

29 Sep 2022

Plant Conservation Webinar

Our next plant conservation webinar: People, Plants and Heritage

We’re hoping to tap into this very idea in our next plant conservation webinar, to chat about the different layers of heritage – from plants to people. We’re asking the questions: How does heritage underpin the work we do? How can we ensure our multigenerational bond with plants isn’t lost? And what role can BotSoc and our partners play in ensuring this bond stands proud alongside our natural heritage?

Join our zoom webinar online or join the networking session on our Youtube Channel. We’ll continue the webinar with a question and answer session from 6pm.

Latest #BotSocSA News

Celebrating our floral heritage at the Leeuwenhof Estate
From the Cape Flats to the slopes of Table Mountain, our floral heritage is bringing people from different walks of life together – centred around the historic Leeuwenhof Estate.
Grootbos florilegium | A flowering of fynbos art
In a spectacular blossoming of creativity, botanical art is embracing established and new talent for a landmark publication and new gallery that will be southern-hemisphere firsts.
How to grow a garden for butterflies
There are around 28 000 butterfly species globally and 800 found in South Africa. Of these, 420 butterflies
Webinar: Spring has sprung!
Where are the best spots to enjoy the spring floral fest this year?

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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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