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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Outing: Ilanda Wilds Nature Reserve

Amanzimtoti
Saturday morning 19 January 09:00

Enjoy coastal forest with its rich variety of tree species and birdlife. Ethekwini’s Blessing Majoka will lead the walk. Bring teas and chairs for afterwards, if you wish. Meet at 09:00 in the parking lot of the sports fields, near Lords & Legends, off Riverside Rd, Amanzimtoti, past the Civic Centre.
All welcome. No charge for members and students. Non-members are asked to pay a R30 p.p. donation.
Booking essential in case of last minute changes, 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.



Visit to Hillcrest AIDS Centre nursery

Saturday 26 January 09:00-12:00

Enjoy a guided tour by Nursery Manager John Lund of the plant nursery. The Centre staff will then kindly provide us with tea. After tea you can browse on your own and buy as much as you like - and support a good cause too. The gift shop will also be open.
Booking essential in case of last minute changes, with cell number, whether you can offer or require a lift and from where, to: Sandra on email botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za / tel: 031 201 5111 / 071 8 693 693



Talk: Nature Journaling

Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Monday 28 January 17h30 for 18:00

Cati Vawda of the Durban Nature Journal Club will tell us about this engrossing hobby which can incorporate scrapbooking, writing, drawing, plant pressing, naturalist research, whatever else you enjoy, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Entrance: Members R35, Non-members R55, Students/learners R25, 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



Talk: The flowers of Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho

Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Monday 25 February 17h30 for 18:00

A talk by Pmb horticulturist, Alison Young. Sehlabathebe National Park is the highest national park on the African continent and is one of the first proclaimed national parks in Lesotho.
A team of botanical enthusiasts went on a short camping trip in early February 2018. It was an exciting season to visit because the grasslands were full of a vast selection of orchids and other specials which were a feast to the eye. The beautiful basalt rocks of the Devil’s Knuckles that towered overhead, the beautiful sandstone rock gardens in the high grasslands and lots of overfilled watercourses made up the sensory overload.
Entrance: Members R35, Non-members R55, Students/learners R25, 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



Indigenous garden tours: Wendy & Roger Colley’s garden

Everton
Postponed until 2019

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