Coming up

Talk : Where have all the birdies gone? … A Series of Unexpected Biological Cascades…..

Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre
Monday 26 August 17h30 for 18:00

Guest speaker: Prof Anthony (Ticky) Forbes, aquatic scientist. The significance of the interactions between predators and their prey has long been an intriguing topic. However, other interactions between animals, from starfish to sea otters, occupying the same habitat can be equally fascinating. ( more.. )

BotSoc Indigenous Plant Fair

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve, Durban North 
Saturday, 7 September and Sunday, 8 September
09:00-16:00 both days

Beautiful setting. Nature walks. Food/picnics. Nurseries selling many top quality, colourful, special plants directly to the public! Environmental displays. Don’t miss this event! Volunteers needed.

Outing to Hawaan Forest

Saturday 14th September
Time to be advised
Unique dune forest with special species and climbers. Led by Jocelyn Sutherland. Booking essential, as numbers are limited, through the Branch office.

Garden tours of a tranquil ‘Toti garden

Postponed to later in the year

Lydia will lead leisurely tours around her garden followed by tea and cake. ( more.. )


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.