Know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa’s indigenous plants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
BotSoc is 110 years old!
That makes us one of the oldest and most established environmental non-profit organisations in South Africa.
Since we were established in 1913, we have focused on caring for and protecting South Africa’s indigenous plants through our incredible members. While our role and conservation priorities may have changed over the course of the 110 years, our love of indigenous plants never has.
Enjoy this 110-year snapshot through the voices of our Chairperson Kyra Lunderstedt and members.
Our Conservation Work
BotSoc champions biodiversity conservation in South Africa to protect our extraordinary plant diversity and ecosystems.
Succulent plant crisis
Ex-situ plant collections
Latest Conservation News
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People for Plants
30 November 2023
Plant Conservation Webinar
Indigenous food – From field trials to table
In our final webinar for 2023, we take a look at South Africa’s indigenous crops: at how to choose them, grow them, and also how to eat them!
We’re joined by Dr Hennie Fisher of the @University of Pretoria, Curator of the Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden’s Future Africa Orphan and Indigenous Crops Collection and BotSoc’s Conservation Project Coordinator for the Northern Region Richard Hay, ice cream and people connector Tapiwa Guzha and food activist Zayaan Khan who will detail some of the exciting field to table work they’re undertaking with indigenous plant species.
24-27 Nov 2023
Great Southern BioBlitz 2023
28 January 2024
Groot Wintershoek Wilderness Area
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We are experiencing intermittent faults with our landlines, please phone +27 21 797 2090 or send a message to our alternate WhatsApp number if required
+27 65 922 6163.