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 an Atholl Heights garden

Date Saturday 10th June 09h00, 11h00 (reserve tour 14h00) Westville
Birder Janet Levy will lead tours around her attractive 1.5 acre indigenous garden which has a wide variety of interesting plants, shrubs and trees, some of which Janet planted from seed. The garden overlooks the Aller River valley and blends naturally into the D'MOSS area at the bottom end. Wear walking shoes to explore the garden fully. Numbers are limited. Booking and pre-payment is essential: BotSoc members R55; non-members R65; children under 12 R35. Price includes tea and cake. Proceeds to branch projects

Talk: South Africa’s Plant Conservation Strategy - a collaboration between SANBI, the Botanical Society and a network of botanists and conservationists.

Mon 26 June 18h00 Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre.
Suvarna Parbhoo of the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers enlightens us on the Strategy’s 5 objectives by outlining the 16 targets to be achieved by 2020. Entrance: R40 for members, R60 for non members, students with cards R30. Proceeds to branch projects.

Tree identification courses with Eugene Moll

Hawaan Forest Sat 8 July
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve Sun 9 July
Umdoni Forest Tues 11 July

Learn about trees and forest ecology on these one-day courses with renowned tree expert and author, Prof Eugene Moll. R195 for members; R245 for non-members payable on booking. Proceeds to the branch and to the respective conservancies.

Talk: From Acacia to Zanthoxylum: - the story behind “The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names”

Mon 10 July 18h00 Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre.
Visiting botanist Prof Eugene Moll talks about the interesting challenges and thrilling research involved in compiling Hugh Clarke’s book, of which he is the editor. This “Dictionary” is a world first, as there is no other similar book anywhere in the world. Not only are there more than 5,000 entries with 500 photographs of people who have had genera named after them, there are also about 600 photographs of plants (many of them illustrating the diagnostic feature of the genus). The book pays tribute to many of our leading botanists of the last 100 to 150 years. Books will be for sale on the night at a special price of R395.00 (normally R450). Entrance: as per June talk.