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Give family and friends BotSoc membership and you will give green moments of joy that last in the heart

DEC 18, 2020

Give green joy



Above: Pretoria Botsoc Branch members share their knowledge, 2020. Photo: Rupert Koopman.


Give a gift that replaces memories of being isolated from family and friends in lockdown and unable to make the most of our green places with green moments of joy and green memories to treasure.

By giving a gift subscription to the Botanical Society of South Africa, you are acknowledging how so many of us felt this past year that we needed to spend more time enjoying our magnificent natural plant heritage.

Above: A quiver tree (Aloidendron dichotomum) stands out against the stunning winter landscape at the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden. Photo: SANBI.



You are also offering for the lucky recipients of your gifted memberships the opportunity to help BotSoc know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa’s extraordinarily diverse indigenous flora.


Above: What’s that plant? Garden Route BotSoc Branch members confer on an outing in 2019. Photo: Jo-Anne Isobel King.

Know & Grow

Get to know and how to grow and use our South African plants showcased at SANBI National Botanical Gardens, using BotSoc’s free member access:

Members receive a free quarterly copy of our acclaimed plantwise magazine, Veld & Flora (select online or print).

Members also enjoy discounts at BotSoc bookshops (including online).

Above: Kirstenbosch Branch Plant Fair in May 2019 was a sellout. Photo: Sandy Munro.


Members can volunteer to help maintain South Africa’s botanical gardens, community parks or nature reserves or take part as citizen scientists in conservation-monitoring programmes such as the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW).

Above: The king protea (Protea cynaroides) flourishes at Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Photo: SANBI. Top: Hlengiwe Mtshali and Mbali Mkhize monitor plants on a December CREW outing to the Drakensberg before Covid-19. Photo: David Clulow.


BotSoc local branches arrange fun family-friendly nature walks, talks and other informative events for members.

Members also become part of the national BotSoc community of like-minded, environmentally aware people, including citizen scientists and professionals in botany, horticulture, environmental sciences and nature conservation.


Organise a gift subscription easily online through our partnership with Webtickets, by joining BotSoc (enter details of your lucky recipients here).

Then relish how they, too, begin to know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa’s indigenous plants!


Above: Acclaimed botanical artist and author Elsa Pooley leads a garden tour for KZN Coastal BotSoc Branch members in August 2019. Photo: Anno Torr.


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