"Committed to the conservation
of a unique wild flower heritage"

Botanical Society of South Africa
E info@botanicalsociety.org.za

T +27 (0)21 797-2090
F +27 (0)21 797-2376

Office hours Monday to Thursday 08:30 to 16:30. Fridays 08:30 to 16:00. Closed daily between 1 and 2, weekends and Public Holidays

Please visit the bookshops at Kirstenbosch for membership matters whilst Head Office is closed. Online joining can be accessed via www.botanicalsociety.org.za.

About Us


The Botanical Society of South Africa was established in 1913, the same year that the now world famous Kirstenbosch Garden National Botanical Garden was started. The land for the garden was granted by the Government on condition that an appropriate organization was formed from civil society to support its development. The Botanical Society continues to faithfully fulfill this agreement  and has also extended this support to the other seven National Botanical Gardens  around the South Africa. Soon after, the society became involved in  flora conservation and education. The first issue of the society’s journal came out under the name of the Journal of the Botanical Society in 1914 and changed to the quarterly new look Veld & Flora in 1975. The journal carries a wide variety of articles on the National Botanical Gardens, indigenous gardening, flora conservation, natural history and society news.

The first Flora Conservation Committee was established in 1939 but the Society had always been involved in conservation. One of the early achievements (1922) was the successful lobby for the upper slopes of the mountain above Kirstenbosch to be declared a nature reserve. The conservation effort of the Society focuses on in situ plant conservation and is achieved through awareness campaigns, projects, monitoring and lobbying. In the late 1970’s the Flora Conservation Committee decided to undertake the publication of regional field guides as part of the Society’s mission of educating the public. The first was produced in 1981 and to date eleven publications have been produced with sales exceeding the 100 000 mark.