Honorary Life Membership. This may be awarded to any member of the Botanical Society who has rendered exceptional services to the Society or one of its branches. The conferring of the award must be voted on by members present at the relevant General Meeting of the Society.
Bolus Medal. This medal may be awarded to an amateur botanist who has made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the flora of southern Africa through publications in the recognized scientific literature. The recipient may not earn his/her living as a botanist, but may have received formal training in botany at the university level. The Medal commemorates the life and work of Dr Harry Bolus (1834–1911), retired stockbroker, who published extensively on the flora of southern Africa, endowed the first chair of Botany at the University of Cape Town and founded the Bolus Herbarium at that university.
Marloth Medal. This medal may be awarded to anyone who has produced significant scientific literature of a popular nature to stimulate public interest in the indigenous flora of southern Africa.
The medal commemorates Dr Rudolf Marloth (1855–1931), pharmacist, analytical chemist and botanist who published much on the southern African flora, the most famous publication being his 'Flora of South Africa' which appeared in six magnificently illustrated volumes between 1913 and 1932.
Denys Heesom Medal. This medal may be awarded to any person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the eradication of alien vegetation in southern Africa.
This award commemorates Denys Heesom, businessman and conservationist, Chairman of the Council (1973–1976), and founder of the well-known Betty's Bay Hack Group who was especially keen on the eradication of alien vegetation. He was the author of the 'Green Cancers' booklet published by the Society.
Cythna Letty Medal. This medal is awarded to any person who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the flora of southern Africa through the medium of published botanical illustrations. (In this context illustrations refer to paintings or drawings but not to photographs for which a separate medal exists.) This award commemorates Cythna Letty (1895–1985), renowned botanical artist at the former Botanical Research Institute, Pretoria, whose work included 730 plates in Flowering Plants of (South) Africa.
Dudley D'Ewes Medal. This medal may be awarded to any person who effectively promotes the flora of southern Africa and its conservation through the media (newspapers, popular journals, radio and television, but excluding books).
This award commemorates Dudley D'Ewes, journalist and conservationist, President of the Society (1956–1974) and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Botanical Gardens.
Percy Sergeant Medal. This medal may be awarded to any person who effectively promotes the flora of southern Africa and its conservation through the medium of photography.
The award commemorates Percy Sergeant, member and friend of the Society whose internationally acclaimed photographs illustrated a number of publications on the flora of southern Africa.
Botanical Society Flora Conservation Medal. This medal may be awarded to any person or body who has contributed considerably towards the preservation and conservation of the flora of southern Africa, over a period of at least a decade. This award is intended to cover a wide spectrum of persons such as landowners, financiers, educationalists and includes professional botanists/conservationists i.e. persons who work e.g. for SANBI, provincial nature conservation departments, SANPARKS, Tertiary Education Institutions, etc.
Schelpe Award. This award is made for the best article in Veld & Flora in any given year (in the 12 months preceding the year of nomination) covering any aspect of the horticulture of the indigenous flora of southern Africa. It is a monetary award derived from the Schelpe Memorial Fund.The award commemorates Professor E.A.C.L.E. (Ted) Schelpe (1924–1985), botanist, horticulturalist, fern and orchid specialist of international repute, Chairman of Council (1976–78). President of the Society (1982–85) and Director of the Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town, at the time of his death.
Botanical Society Certificate of Appreciation. This award may be made to a member of the Society (on recommendation from a branch) where the Council would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by that member to the aims and objectives of the Society in promoting the flora of southern Africa. These contributions may be of a wide variety of nature, e.g. administrative work in branch offices; volunteer work in an associated National Botanical Garden; plant identification and herbarium work, plant shows, teaching and guiding work; financial donations; flower show organization; public awareness stimulation etc.