Coming events

Join BOTSOC KZN Coastal branch on our exciting outings and events programme. This year we have a more ecological slant - plants with birds, bats, butterflies… something for everyone- young and old, beginner or expert !

Attendance at any of our functions / outings is at your own risk and neither the Botanical Society nor this Branch can be held responsible for any injury or loss that may occur. You are required to sign an indemnity form for all outings.
Booking is essential, as arrangements may change at the last minute.
Non-members are most welcome and are asked to pay R20/pp. donation. Unless otherwise stated, please book /enquire /arrange lifts through the BotSoc branch office: email: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za.. Tel: 031 201 5111 (Mon and Thurs after 10:00) Cell: 071 8693 693

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Talk: Inspired by Nature and its Diversity

Monday 9 October 12h45 for 13:10

Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

 Street artist Giffy Duminy uses his talent to make a difference and he transforms gloomy, harsh places with beautiful murals inspired by nature. On a voluntary basis, he has painted colourful pictures on several buildings belonging to non-profit organisations. Keep Kloof Beautiful Association commissioned him to paint the Village Road bridge and it now uplifts the spirits of all who pass by. At this talk he tells us what motivates him; he describes the process involved and shows examples of his work.

Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students/learners R20. Includes teas/juice at the start.
Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. No need to book.
Enquiries: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693



Outing to Durban Country Club

Near Durban Beachfront
Saturday, 13 October 15:30 for 16:00

Enjoy the beautiful grounds and magnificent trees of Durban Country Club on a walk with Dave Henry. All welcome. Free for members and students. Non-members R20 pp. Booking essential with cell number, whether you can offer or require a lift and from where, to Outings Co-ordinator Phili Dlamini on email: dlamininpm@gmail.com or cell: 078 121 0452. Directions will be sent on booking.




Talk: Responding to the Polyphagous Shot-hole Borer infestation

Monday 29 October 17:30 to 18:00

Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

Horticultural Consultant Johan Bodenstein tells us about this new threat to our trees and what to do about it. The tiny pest has reached Durban and is responsible for mysterious fungal die-offs of trees, from indigenous forest trees to avocados. Symptoms are different in different tree species. You may bring live samples of suspected afflicted twigs for examination so long as they are in sealed plastic bags. Horticulturists, landscapers, estate managers and gardeners should find this talk especially useful.

Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students/learners R20. Includes teas at the start.
Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. No need to book.
Enquiries: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693



Outing to Ntumeni Forest

Near Eshowe Sunday 11 November 09:00 – 15:00

Led by Gareth Chittenden. A longish walk with some gradients in this beautiful forest.
All welcome. Free for members and students. Non-members R20 pp. Booking essential with cell number, whether you can offer or require a lift and from where, to Outings Co-ordinator Phili Dlamini on email: dlamininpm@gmail.com or cell: 078 121 0452. Directions will be sent on booking.




Indigenous garden tours: Wendy & Roger Colley’s garden

Kloof
Saturday morning 17 November

Enjoy tea and cake and admire the view from this natural property next to Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, after short tours of the indigenous and herb planted areas near the house. Bushbuck, porcupine, genets, bush-babies have been seen here. The house draws very little water and electricity from municipal services due to water tanks and solar heating. A new bee hive will provide honey in the future. Architect Roger and Wendy’s improvements since buying here three years ago have made this their dream-come-true home. Accessible for people with mobility difficulties. More details closer to the time. Enquiries/bookings: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693