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. 

Call for Council Nominations

AGM 2 July 2022

You’re invited to submit your BotSoc Council nomination for election at our AGM, which takes place on 2 July 2022. Get your nomination in by 12 midday 10 June 2022.

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

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
SA BIODIVERSITY UPDATE: Know your enemy
10 golden rules of ecological restoration
Celebrate succulents at the Calitzdorp Vetplantfees this September
Women’s Day: Kaveesha Naicker, CREW KZN  Node Project Officer
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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

FRESH TAKES IN VELD & FLORA

We’re excited to invite you to take fresh looks at several old friends in Veld & Flora’s March 2022 issue.

Come and share our contributors’ plant adventures – even a plant as well known and well loved as agapanthus has a mystery to unwrap . . . 

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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WHY JOIN?

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

26 May 2022

Plant Conservation Webinar

Join Cape Town’s biggest plant fair, the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair, and get all the plants you need to give your garden a freshening up – without leaving the comfort of your home.

The BotSoc Kirstenbosch Branch is hosting our second online Kirstenbosch Plant Fair. And this year’s theme is to ‘Rewild your garden’. 

From your home, you can choose from more than 10 000 indigenous plants on sale, online. This vast selection is offered to you at excellent prices. And your involvement supports our BotSoc plant conservation projects.

The plant fair is hosted online, from Saturday 28 May, ending on Sunday 5 June 2022.

Latest #BotSocSA News

BotSoc Webinar: City Nature Challenge 2022
As we build up to the #CityNatureChallenge2022, join our next plant conservation webinar, where we'll brief you on the event
BotSoc, SANBI discussions could lead to membership changes
The Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), who have a long-standing symbiotic relationship, are currently in talks to determine how the organisations will work together in future.
Hantam’s “secret season”: Tips from a botanical legend
Well-known Hantam expert, and one of the region’s most famous botanical names, Eugene Marinus, has a tip for visitors.
Sinister succulents in South Africa
Do your bit to protect SA’s indigenous plants by helping spot this new wave of menacing succulents.
How plants bring people together: Revival of a community garden
Plants can and do bring people from different walks of life together. At the Franschhoek Indigenous Medicinal Plants Demonstration Garden, gardeners and plant lovers came together recently
BotSoc Webinar: The Green Planet
How did Sir David Attenborough and The Green Planet team bring plants to life in SUCH a spectacular way in the BBC's The Green Planet?

Locate your Branch

ALBANY

Free State

KZN Coastal

Pretoria

Algoa

Garden Route

KZN Inland

Southern Overberg

Bankenveld

Kirstenbosch

Limpopo

West Coast

Cederberg

Kogelberg

Lowveld

Winelands

Hours

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

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+27 (0) 21 797 2090

Or contact us by sending a Whatsapp message to +27 65 922 6163 during our office hours.

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