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

Location: Pietermaritzburg and the KZN Midlands, Natal, South Africa

KZN Inland Branch  

This branch began as the Natal Botanic Society in 1872, which then became part of the Botanical Society of South Africa in 1970.

About the branch

Now known as the KZN Inland Branch, their activities include monthly talks or outings, visits to local indigenous nurseries, involvement in local environmental education events and regular hacking in the KZN National Botanical Garden. Their quarterly newsletter, The Daisy Digest, is distributed widely and is packed with interesting botanical articles.

About the Area

The KZN Inland Branch encompasses the inland area of KZN and is focused around Pietermaritzburg and the KZN Midlands. This area is comprised of a variety of vegetation types dominated by mesic grasslands interspersed with river valleys and extensive wetlands, with patches of scarp and mistbelt forests. Important species and rich, threatened vegetation types include KZN Sandstone Sourveld (Critically Endangered), Midlands Mistbelt Grassland (Endangered), and Mooi River Highland Grassland (Vulnerable). 

Cool Facts

1.

The Hilton daisy (Gerbera aurantiaca), a charismatic mistbelt grassland species that is endangered due to habitat loss and fragmentation, is this branch’s personal logo.

2.

The Pietermaritzburg Botanic Society established and ran the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden from 1874 until 1969 when it was taken over by the National Botanical Gardens of South Africa and is now the SANBI KZN National Botanical Garden

3.

The flora of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains can best be explored within the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, also known as the Maloti Drakensberg Park.

4.

The Midlands Meander is an established system of tourist routes that wind throughout the KZN Midlands and is a fantastic way to explore this vast area while sampling the local delights.

 

Contact the Branch Chair

Isabel Johnson

Latest Branch News

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Our Living Libraries: Why are Botanical Gardens so important?
Ericas of the Southern Cape
Interview with Elise Buitendag, author of ‘Genesis of a Garden’
Call for Nominations: BotSoc Honours and Awards 2020
Community and Biodiversity: Fun at the Fynbos Festival
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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

Office hours

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

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+27 (0) 21 797 2090
+27 (0) 21 797 2376

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