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. 

Our Conservation Work

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

CREW

STEWARDSHIP

CYCADS

CPUT

Latest Conservation News

BotSoc Webinar: Alien Invasive Species
How your photos could help save an ecosystem
BotSoc Webinar: South Africa’s Medicinal Plants
A Journey Through South Africa’s Ecosystems
Mamelodi’s hill of dreams
Get your garden buzzing!
A rare habitat for rare plants: The Cape’s coastal dunes
Conserving South Africa’s wetlands
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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 – share the adventures of our People for Plants!

Sit back and enjoy the adventures in the world of South Africa’s marvellous plants that you can share through the Botanical Society. 

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. 

PLANT CONSERVATION FEATURE

WITH RUPERT KOOPMAN, SISSIE MATELA, NOEL OETTLÉ AND MICHAEL GROVER

We 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. Watch here

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 26 August 2021

STRUIK BOOK LAUNCH

BRANCH COMMITTEES

Ongoing – Environmental Impact Assessment Training

CREW Annual Workshop

4-6 Aug (5-7pm). Online Event
More information here

FYNBOS FORUM 2021

7-9 Sept. Online Event.
More information here

Seeing the Invisible – Augmented Reality Exhibition

Premiere at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in September 2021
More information here

News from our Members

Meet the kalanchoe people
New South African kalanchoe hybrids have been named in honour of key figures in our botany and horticulture
Where to Enjoy Aloes in South Africa
Winter is Aloe season in South Africa. As these majestic succulents come into bloom en masse, their bright and spectacular flowers transform mountains, koppies, open plains and gardens.
One of the World’s Happiest Hobbies? Why, gardening of course
The Botanical Society’s Kirstenbosch branch encourages you to start ‘Gardening for Happiness’, as they prepare to launch the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair.
BotSoc Webinar: Save our Succulents
Poaching and the illegal trade of succulents is a major challenge to plants in South Africa.
City Nature Challenge 2021: Unleash your inner citizen scientist

Our Blog: Plants and other Stories Know Grow Protect Enjoy #KNOW ​​City Nature Challenge 2021: Unleash your inner citizen scientist    APR 28, 2021 | Written by Zoë Chapman Poulsen, photos by Zoë Chapman Poulsen, Lezelle Frank, Christiaan Viljoen, ‘scelotes’ and iNaturalist, City Nature Challenge.       Above: Honey protea (Protea repens) in flower […]

​​First-hand account of this Gauteng CREW field trip
I got ready for my first ever CREW field trip, hoping that the rain would hold off long enough for us to find our target species: Melolobium subspicatum, from the pea family, and Habenaria kraenzliniana, from the orchid family.

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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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