KOGELBERG AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2016

Merrilee Berrisford Last month we reported that the wonderful landscapes, plants and animals of the Kogelberg were displayed to tens of thousands of visitors at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The twin themes of the South African stand were the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and Harold Porter NBG. Very good news is that our SA stand won a gold award! We were also featured in a list on the Royal Horticultural Society website, under ‘Pavilion awards’, describing South Africa as a ‘wild garden’ and a gold winner. Congratulations to the SANBI team and all those involved.…

2015 BRANCH CONVENTION AND AGM – PART 2

Merrilee Berrisford Last month you read Part 1 of Merrilee’s report on the annual gatherings of BotSoc SA held on 16 September at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. This month we give you Part 2. Then came the branch report-back session. I started by saying that the past year had been the year of the book and bounty. Kogelberg Branch has been on the receiving end of much bounty from power saws to Ethel Dixie flower paintings (see separate article). There were cheers when I said that the Mayor had formally proclaimed…

2015 BRANCH CONVENTION AND AGM

Merrilee Berrisford This year the annual gatherings of BotSoc SA were held on 16 September at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth in a room above the Mandela Café, part of the Student Union. In the courtyard below us the SRC election was happening with lively singing and dancing once voting was over. Present at the Convention were the President, Prof George Bredenkamp, Chairman of Council, Andrew Blackmore, five Council members, Executive Director, Zaitoon Rabaney, Executive Assistant, Catherine Browne, nine branch chairmen and the auditor, Richard Browne. In the morning we listened to…