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

Disclaimer: The views expressed by contributors may not be those of BotSoc


Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Sunday 21 July, 14h00

Guest speaker will be the renowned water scientist, Prof. Anthony Turton.

Why Water is A Big Deal?

The current ‘Paradigm of Scarcity’, in which water is treated as a stock to be used once and then discarded, needs to make way for a New Paradigm of Abundance that unlocks the simple fact that water is not a stock, but rather a flux that moves in time and space and is an infinitely renewable resource. Capital and technology need to be attracted into the water sector. This is one of the aims of The Water Chamber, part of the Public Private Growth Initiative (PPGI.  Water of different quality and price would be used for different purposes at different times and places. The recovery of water from waste is an important part of this scheme, as is the desalination of sea and mine water where appropriate.  

Entrance: Members free, Non-members R30, Students/learners free, includes snacks and refreshments. All welcome. RSVP for catering purposes: email: l: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693

Outing: Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Durban North 
Saturday, 3 August

Leader: Prof Ticky Forbes, ecologist.

Talk : Trophic Cascades

Venue to be confirmed
Monday, 26 August 17h30 for 18:00

Guest speaker will be Prof. Ticky Forbes.
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: tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693

BotSoc Indigenous Plant Fair

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve, Durban North 
Saturday, 7 September and Sunday, 8 September

Beautiful setting. Nature walks. Food/picnics. Nurseries selling many beautiful, special plants directly to the public! Environmental displays. Volunteers needed.

Garden tours of a tranquil ‘Toti garden

Postponed until later in the year

Lydia will lead leisurely tours around her garden followed by tea and cake. The property is 1300 square metres and was originally totally exotic. Over the eighteen years she has lived there Lydia started slowly clearing and replacing with indigenous species that thrive yet never get watered. Trees, rocks, pot-plants and a tranquil atmosphere are just some of the attractions. Tours will start promptly at 09:00 and 11:00. Numbers limited. Bookings and pre-payment are essential. Please email: / tel: 0312015111 / cell 071 8693693. Members R60pp, non-members R70pp, price includes tea and cake. Proceeds to branch projects.