The Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society brings people together to know, grow, protect and enjoy Cape Town’s wondrous indigenous plant life.

We’re a thriving branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa, with more than 6 000 members. And our members get involved in conservation projects across Cape Town to protect our Cape Floral Kingdom – with a focus on giving volunteer support at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Get involved,

get active

& feel great

Our natural world needs our help. The immense nature in and around Cape Town is no exception.

 

That’s where our powerhouse volunteers come in. Join our active Kirstenbosch Branch to protect our plant life – and feel good about your contribution to conservation.

While our volunteers first provided support to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden more than 100 years ago, today our activities cross the breadth of Cape Town. Get active by joining our organised hikes or invasive alien plant hacks. Support by offering guided tours to visitors to the garden. Get involved with the garden’s propagation facilities, or potting threatened plants stolen from the wild. Help our environmental education work inspire youngsters to understand the importance of protecting our natural world. Or simply enjoy our talks and wildflower shows.

OUR PROJECTS

Princess Vlei Conservation Area

Invasive alien hacking programme

Ingcungcu Sunbird Restoration Project

Educational botanical walks

– KIRSTENBOSCH BRANCH –

Become a member 

of the Botanical Society of South Africa

5 REASONS TO JOIN

#1

“Become part of a community across Cape Town (and South Africa) of like-minded people who care about our natural world.”

#2

“FREE access to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and other national botanical gardens across South Africa.”

#3

“Get access to our events throughout the year, including invasive alien ‘hacks’, hikes and talks that are only open to members.”

#4

“You receive a quarterly copy of the acclaimed Veld & Flora.”

#5

“Make use of your 10% discount at our Kirstenbosch bookshops in-store.”

What’s coming up?

The Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society is a hub of conservation activity. We have regular events that you can join. Here’s what’s coming up:

Kirstenbosch Wednesday talks

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PLANT CONSERVATION WEBINARS

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HIKE

We run monthly botanical hikes for BotSoc members led by experienced botanists and environmental scientists such as Tony and Pat Rebelo, as well as Dirk Muller. Through these walks, our members learn about our plant life, and what makes the Cape Floral Kingdom so special. FIND OUT MORE

 

HACK

Stalwart member Tom Robbins is our ‘hack’ leader. He encourages our enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to meet to remove gums, black wattle and other dreaded invasive species. Our volunteers meet once a month on a Saturday morning. CONTACT TOM:
083 253 8806

What’s coming up?

The Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society is a hub of conservation activity. We have regular events that you can join. Here’s what’s coming up:

Kirstenbosch Wednesday talks

FIND OUT MORE

PLANT CONSERVATION WEBINARS

FIND OUT MORE

 

HIKE

We run monthly botanical hikes for BotSoc members led by experienced botanists and environmental scientists such as Tony and Pat Rebelo, as well as Dirk Muller. Through these walks, our members learn about our plant life, and what makes the Cape Floral Kingdom so special. FIND OUT MORE

 

HACK

Stalwart member Tom Robbins is our ‘hack’ leader. He encourages our enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to meet to remove gums, black wattle and other dreaded invasive species. Our volunteers meet once a month on a Saturday morning. CONTACT TOM:
083 253 8806

KIRSTENBOSCH

PLANT
FAIR

Join Cape Town’s biggest plant fair, the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair, and get all the plants you need to give your garden a freshening up – without leaving the comfort of your home.

The BotSoc Kirstenbosch Branch is hosting our second online Kirstenbosch Plant Fair. And this year’s theme is to ‘Rewild your garden’. 

From your home, you can choose from more than 10 000 indigenous plants on sale, online. This vast selection is offered to you at excellent prices. And your involvement supports our BotSoc plant conservation projects.

The plant fair is hosted online, from Saturday 28 May, ending on Sunday 5 June 2022.

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KIRSTENBOSCH

BookSHOP

We’ve got two bookshops at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Or check out our available books from the Kirstenbosch Branch online shop.

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KIRSTENBOSCH

BookSHOP

We’ve got two bookshops at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Or check out our available books from the Kirstenbosch Branch online shop.

BOOK
OF THE MONTH

Cape Wild Foods:
A Growers Guide

Loubie Rusch has been exploring the forgotten and underutilised local indigenous foods of the Cape since 2010. It’s selling now at a 10% discount instore for all BotSoc members.

She has foraged and observed them in nature, has cooked and bottled them and has shared about them in workshops and talks. The Cape Wild Foods Garden that she planted in Khayelitsha in 2016 served to try out cultivating some of the foods that till then had only been wild harvested. Her first publication, Cape Wild Foods: A Growers Guide, is aimed at small farmers and home gardeners. It brings plant and cultivation information as well as images about a selection of 22 local indigenous food plants.

Our Botanical
Nerd Word

Don’t let plant jargon trip you up. Here’s a 101 of plant terminology.

Hypanthium

[hi-pan-thee-uhm]

This is the floral cup or floral tube
which is formed by the basal portions
of the calyx, corolla and stamens
of a flower.

OUR WORLD MATTERS

Why should you care?

The Kirstenbosch Branch covers the Cape Town CBD area, and surrounding suburbs in the north right down to the Cape Peninsula area in the south. We’re home to plant types standing on the brink of extinction.

No matter where in Cape Town you live, this wonderful Cape Floral Kingdom is your legacy. And we must protect it – together. At the Botanical Society we believe that we all have a crucial role to play to conserve plant diversity for the benefit of all.

– CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM –

Indigenous plants of Cape Town

Enjoy these photos of Table Mountain fynbos plants – taken by Helen Mitchell.

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Donate

Find out more about our fundraising activities. Or donate to our conservation work.