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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Weed-clearing: Durban Botanic Gardens indigenous forest section

Durban Botanic Gardens Section C
Friday, 29th November, 09h00

Work-party to follow up last month’s excellent job of weed-removal from our ‘adopted spot’ in the Durban Botanic Gardens: the Indigenous Forest section, above the tea garden. The section is on the corner of Edith Benson Crescent and John Zikhali Rd (Sydenham Rd) . If you are available, please meet there at 9 am. It is expected to last until about 11 am / 12 noon. Please bring your own refreshments and tools (trowel, fork, spade, gloves). The work itself will be of a gentle exercise level and not too onerous, under the direction of Barry Lang (and Janet Gates of the Gardens). Packets will be provided for the weeds.
RSVP with cellphone number in case of any last-minute changes to: email: / Tel: 031201511/ Cell: 0718693693. Barry’s number for on the day is 0729062358.
Please note that the tea garden is closed for renovations.
Any time you could spare would be very much appreciated, please bring your friends! All welcome.

Outing: Interesting Trees of the Durban Botanic Gardens

Saturday, 30th November, 9:30

Hugh will show us a few of his favourite trees, many of which have amazing stories attached. Foodies will enjoy seeing some of their much-loved ingredients live, such as cinnamon, chocolate and the colour used in cheddar cheese. We also, like Lewis Carrol's Walrus and the Carpenter, get to talk of many things, possibly including "... ships and shoes and sealing-wax, and cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings..." Our version definitely includes a tree that makes us think of steam trains, another that links (by a sort of "six degrees of separation") Victorian furniture, buying a goat for supper in Yemen, and Beethoven. We consider the sad story of the world's loneliest tree, an elderly lala palm, and one that inspired a previous group to sing old advertising jingles from Springbok Radio. Who ever said trees weren't well-connected?
Entrance: R50 p.p. payable on the day – proceeds go towards Melissa Glen’s medical costs. Booking with cellphone number in case of last-minute changes, essential, to the BotSoc Branch Office on email: / tel: 0312015111 / cell: 0718693693.
All welcome.
Meet at 09h30 on the lawn just inside the main entrance near the Info Centre.
Supported by the Durban Botanic Gardens Education Dept.

Nursery visit: Claremont Farm

Postponed until next year

Join us for a visit to this established indigenous nursery selling everything from bulbs and ground covers to good-sized trees. A brief guided tour will be followed by tea/coffee at at ‘The Place’ coffee shop for your own account. After that you will be at leisure to buy plants! To book, for catering purposes and in case of last -minute changes, please send your name and cell number to email: / Tel: 031 201 5111 / SMS: 0718693693