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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Talk on the role of Prescribed Burns in grassland management

Mon 28 May 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

 Bongani Zungu, Programme Manager, Restoration Ecology Branch of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, Ethekwini Municipality, will explain the complexities of, and necessity for, controlled veld-burning. Booking not necessary.  

Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students R20, includes teas at the start. Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. Enquiries: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693 

Outing to Holy Hill Forest at Zimbali Coastal Resort

Sat 2 June 8:45

Horticultural Consultant Johan Bodenstein will lead a walk on ‘Holy Hill’, the forest conservation area of Zimbali. There will be a good variety of forest-dwelling plants, mammals, birds and insects. Tea at the clubhouse afterwards.

Bookings essential, with cell number, lift needed/offered, and car reg number to Outings Co-ordinator, Phili Dlamini, by 24 May: email: dlamininpm@gmail.com or SMS/WhatsApp: 078 121 0452. No charge for members, non-members are asked to pay a R20 pp donation to BotSoc.

Talk on rePhotoSA - the repeat photography project of southern African landscapes

Mon 4 June 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

 Visiting from the Cape, Samantha Venter of the UCT Plant Conservation Unit will talk about this project and show case studies. RePhotoSA engages with the public as ‘citizen scientists’ to repeat modern photographs of southern African landscapes, from a large collection of historical photographs. By comparing the differences in the ‘old and new’ photographs it is possible to gain an understanding of how southern African landscapes are changing in response to climate, land use and development impacts. Booking not necessary.

Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students R20, includes teas at the start. Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. Enquiries: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693

BotSoc stand at the Kloof Conservancy’s Indigenous Open Gardens

Sat 16 & Sunday 17 June 9:00 - 16:00

We’ll be at Garden No. 7 in Winston Park, where there will also be a coffee stand and live music string trio. We look forward to seeing you there! For more info on the event, please see the website: https://www.kloofconservancy.org.za/indigenous-open-gardens/gardens/ 

Garden tours of a collector’s Aloe and succulent garden

Winston Park, Kloof
Sat 23 June 09:00, 11:00

Ben Botha will lead hour-long tours of his vast collection of mainly indigenous Aloes, succulents and bulbs. A plant-lover’s paradise! The Aloes should be in full magnificent bloom. Hour-long tours will start promptly at 09:00 and 11:00, with reserve tours possible later in the day. Numbers limited.
Bookings and pre-payment are essential. Please email: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za / tel: 0312015111 / cell 071 8693693. Members R60pp, non-members R70pp, price includes tea and cake. Proceeds to branch projects.