Veld & Flora
Discover more about southern Africa’s glorious and fascinating plants in Veld & Flora, the Botanical Society’s flagship publication! This colourful and inspiring magazine comes free to members once a quarter, making it one of the highlights of your BotSoc membership package. You can choose to receive Veld & Flora online or delivered to your door. Kirstenbosch branch members can also opt to pick up their copy at the BotSoc national office during office hours or at the Kirstenbosch Gate 2 bookshop outside BotSoc office hours – check times here.
With Veld & Flora, you’ll go up cliffs, along rivers and into forests with southern Africa’s adventurous botanical researchers and citizen scientists. We’ll give you ideas for your indigenous garden and take you behind the scenes in laboratories and herbaria where southern African scientists are pushing forward the new frontiers of botany.
In this era of climate change and overconsumption, we bring you environmental and scientific debates in plain English. You’re invited to contribute to the discussion and to share your passion for our country’s plants with fellow members.
Latest Veld & Flora issues
Non-members are welcome to read past issues of Veld & Flora – just click to open and enjoy!
Only BotSoc members can read the latest issue of Veld & Flora – access it using the secret password emailed to you.
Want to contribute to Veld & Flora?
Send us an article about your special plant passion or research to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not embed photographs in the body of your email but send them by a web service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.
Download these guides to get you started:
Or enter for one of our ongoing member showcases:
Make friends with your camera and enjoy composing interesting plant portraits. Choose your favourite and enter it for Veld & Flora’s Best Shot.
Here are our guidelines
1. Only BotSoc members may enter photographs for consideration as Best Shot.
2. Send your Best Shot entry to: email@example.com;
use ‘Best Shot submission’ as your subject line.
3. The main subject of the photograph should be a plant, part(s) of a plant or plant habitat.
4. Photographs of insects, birds, reptiles, mammals and people will not be considered unless shown in clear interaction with a plant or plants.
5. If a photograph includes people, identify them by name and send their written agreement to publication with the photograph.
6. Make sure any photograph you submit is in jpeg image format and high resolution (absolute minimum 500kb and preferably considerably more). If possible, submit the same size as the original from your camera. Either attach as a file (please do not embed in the body of your email) or send by www.wetransfer.com.
7. Supply details of when (month and year) and where (general locality), the photograph was taken, provide the correct plant identification if you can and add some comments if you wish.
My Plant Place
Tell us about one of your favourite plant places, whether you go exploring there or simply enjoy soaking up its atmosphere and admiring its plants.
Find out more
This can be a short write-up – from about 200 words upwards. Please include a photograph with your short article:
1. Only BotSoc members may enter write-ups for consideration as My Plant Place.
2. Send your My Plant Place entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org; use ‘Plant Place submission’ as your subject line.
3. The main subject of your write-up should be a plant or plants and what inspires you about it and the place where it grows.
4. Please identify any indigenous plant(s) in your photograph if you can. If a photograph includes people, identify them by name and send their written agreement to publication with the photograph.
5. Any photograph submitted must be in jpeg image format and high resolution (absolute minimum 500kb and preferably considerably more). If possible, submit the same size as the original from your camera. Either attach as a file (please do not embed in the body of your email) or send by www.wetransfer.com.
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