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: Tel: 031 201 5111 (Mon and Thurs after 10:00) Cell: 071 8693 693

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Outings Coordinator required
To recommend and book outing venues and leaders, to draw up the itineraries for circulation to members, liaise with people who book on outings, attend or arrange for a volunteer on the day to register attendees and handle indemnity. Preferably to attend BotSoc monthly committee meetings (usually on the 3rd Monday from 5-6pm at Durban Botanic Gardens Curator’s Office) but not essential. A small expense allowance can be given on request. Personal Attributes required:
Enthusiasm and friendliness. Email facilities and cell phone essential.
Please contact Sandra: Tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8693693 or Email:

Indigenous Garden Tours of a food forest

Sat 18 November 09h00, 11h00 (reserve tour: 14h00)

What do you choose to do with your land? Frank Edwards generously planted a fruit tree and indigenous forest to provide food for people and wildlife. He will tell us all about the permaculture principles he used and his guerilla gardening concept.

BotSoc presents a Tropical food forest in Musgrave

‘Common Sense Sustainability is Fun!’ is Frank’s motto, and Frank (of Tropical Nursery fame) has had great fun turning his own property and adjacent servitude into a demonstration food and indigenous forest using permaculture principles. An Earthship flatlet is built from glass and plastic bottles and mud from the property. Frank will show us his water harvesting scheme, earthworm farming, hens Jane and Margaret in their chicken tractor, double-reach veggie and propagation beds and tranquil natural pool. Frank’s humour and creativity add delightful touches to this unconventional garden. You will be inspired to try some of his ideas at your own home. 

Frank will lead tours around the garden starting at 09:00 and 11:00 respectively (reserve tour 14:00). Booking and pre-payment are essential: BotSoc members R55; Non-members R65; children under 12: R35. Price includes tea and cake.
Proceeds to BotSoc branch projects. Numbers are limited to 20 people per tour.

Talk: Hiking the Richtersveld

Mon 27 November 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

Alison Young of UKZN Pmb will tell us about her hike in the southern Richtersveld last year. Enjoy the pictures of beautiful scenery and amazing plants encountered along the way.

 The Richtersveld Trans-frontier Park is one of the newest nature reserves in South Africa and is on the north-west corner of the country. The landscape is ancient and the flora unique. In 2016 Dave Raulstone organised an expedition of 20 botanists to do a four-day hike with the resident ecologist through the mountains of the Venstervalle. It was a walk to remember.  

Entrance: R30 for members / students, R40 for non-members, includes tea/coffee on arrival. No need to book.