Coming up

Talk: Snakes of Durban
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Thurs 29 March 12:45 for 13:10
Nick Evans of KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, tells us about the snakes we may encounter and what to do if bitten. He will bring some live snakes too!
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Outing: The Centenarian Trees of Durban Botanic Gardens
What did the Gardens look like 100 years ago? A repeat of this popular walk, led by Dr Hugh Glen.
Rescheduled for Sat 7 April 2018 09h00
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Talk: A Brief Introduction to the Theory of Sustainable Development
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Mon 9 April 12:45 for 13:10
Jody Fuchs, Senior Horticulturist for Durban Botanic Gardens Education Dept, introduces us to the concepts of Rockstrom’s Planetary Boundaries, Doughnut Economics, and others.
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Talk: Best Gardens of the United Kingdom
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Mon 30 April 17:30 for 18:00
Illustrated presentation by Chris Dalzell.
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Talk on the role of fire in grassland management
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Mon 28 May 17:30 for 18:00
Bongani Zungu, Programme Manager, Restoration Ecology Branch of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, Ethekwini Municipality, will explain the complexities of, and necessity for, controlled veld-burning.
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Recent events

PlantLife re-launch

PlantLife SA is a journal for everyone concerned about the conservation of our natural flora, particularly amateur botanists and indigenous plant growers. It provides a forum for communication amongst lay people and bridges the gap between them and the professional world by making known the needs and interests of both groups. The ultimate aim of PlantLife SA is to encourage the highest level of management of our indigenous flora for the benefit of the land and its people.

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Plant Fair 2017

Last year’s indigenous Plant Fair at the Sustainable Living Expo. This year’s indigenous Plant Fair at the Sustainable Living Expo was a break from tradition, as we had to move the Fair indoors for logistical reasons.

Two nurseries joined us, and it was lovely to see the back of the hall come alive, with plants, volunteers and keen gardeners. Because of limited space, we could not display the usual range of plants, but between the two nurseries we had a good mix of ground covers, succulents, shrubs and trees.

Working with the nurseries was a pleasure, they are both committed to the aims and ideals of the Botanical Society, and are keen to come back next year.

Special thanks must go to the volunteers, and our hard-working committee members, Sandra, Barry, Di and Bertha, and of course the nurseries – Grasslands and God’s Green Gifts.