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:

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: R40 for members, R60 for non members, students with cards R30. Proceeds to branch projects.

Branch AGM and Talk: Oribi Gorge: a natural history gem

Sun 23 July 3pm Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre.
Guest speaker will be horticultural consultant, Geoff Nichols, who will speak on Oribi Gorge: a natural history gem. RSVP essential for catering purposes!
 Nominations for committee members (with the acceptance of the nominee confirmed) and RSVP for catering purposes should be sent by 16 July to the BotSoc office at Tel: (031) 201 5111 Mondays and Thursdays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, or leave a message at other hours / Email: There will be no charge for members. Non-members are asked to pay R50 p.p.

 1. Welcome and apologies
2. Adoption of minutes of the previous meeting
3. Matters arising from previous minutes
4. Chairperson’s Report
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Botanical Education Trust Report
7. Election of committee members
8. General
9. Talk by Mr Geoff Nichols, Oribi Gorge: a natural history gem.
10. Closure

Please join us afterwards for teas/drinks and snacks.

Talk: India:What the Travel Brochures Don’t Tell You

Mon 14 August 18h00 Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre.
This unusual talk focuses on Northern India - a most fascinating part of the country, often frenetic, at times even funny, but also very filthy. With the same quirky humour as in his previous popular talks, Charles Botha shows photos that most tourists would never think of taking – no holy cows here! This is definitely not a standard travelogue, so be prepared for some shocks.
 Entrance: R50 for members, R65 for non-members, R35 for students. Proceeds to Botanical Education Trust.