Kogelberg Branch Botanical Society Members Interest Survey

Thank you to all our members and non-members for participating in the Kogelberg Branch Botanical Society  Members Interest Survey.  We have analysed the results and the findings are reflected below.  The committee will be reviewing the suggestions and watch this spot for future local activities and branch engagements. Question 1 Question 2 Question 3 Question 4 Question 5 Question 6 Do you have any suggestions or comments? A serious attempt needs to be made to inform and involve more non-whites on the inherent value of the Fynbos and natural environment. I see a need for…

HANTAM THANK-YOU

We were delighted to get this note of thanks from Colleen Rust, SANBI Senior Administration Officer at the Hantam National Botanical Garden in Niewoudtville, in response to our Branch's book donation. We understand the Garden’s library is the old sitting room of Neil and Neva McGregor’s house, a good place for our books. Dear Merrilee I would like to thank you all at the Kogelberg BotSoc Branch on behalf of the Hantam NBG for your very generous donation of The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names. We are very excited about being able to add…

BOTSOC AT THE HAROLD PORTER CONCERTS

For the first time, Kogelberg Branch had a presence at not only the concerts but also the Plant Sale in Harold Porter this December. Jeannie Harning and Natalie van Wulven - our new committee members and treasurer, manned a table selling Your Place in the Kogelberg and other books and, most importantly, encouraging people to join the Society. Natalie has established a Facebook page for the branch, both are actively promoting branch activities – and hacking. Great work, Natalie and Jeannie!

HPNBG BIODIVERSITY CAREERS EXPO 2016

- Thamsanqa Makade The annual Biodiversity Careers Expo was organised and hosted by the local Biodiversity Education and Empowerment (BEE) team from HPNBG on 11 August, in collaboration with the WC Education Department (WCED). Exhibitors included Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Iziko Museum (Cape Town), CapeNature, Iimbovane Outreach Programme (Stellenbosch University), HIK Abalone, and SANBI Scientists (Compton Herbarium and Horticulturists). Participating were all grade 10s from all Overberg schools, including Qhayiya, Hermanus, Umyezo Wama Apile Combined, Gansbaai, Swellendam, Swartberg, Groenberg, Villiersdorp, Albert Myburgh, Bredasdorp and De Villiers Graaf high schools. Learners were exposed to careers in horticulture,…

BOTSOC COMMITTEE 2016 – 2017

- Merrilee Berrisford Kogelberg Branch has always been well served by its committee members. Each year there is some continuity and some new faces. The constitution of the branch specifies that eight members are elected and additional people may be co-opted. At this year’s AGM the eight people willing to stand were elected en bloc; to fill the positions of newsletter editor and treasurer, two more have been co-opted. In addition there are ex officio members. Your committee for the next twelve months will be: Elected members: Tim Attwell, Andrea Benn, Rea Borcherds, Gwen Coetzee,…

CONGRATULATIONS!

One of our Botsoc members, Margaret de Villiers of Hermanus, has just won a Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Show in London for her illustrations of Ericas. It is the second time she has won Gold at this prestigious gathering; the first time she also won Best of the Show. Congratulations Margaret!

BOTSOC COMMITTEE NEWS

Merrilee Berrisford Committee members Charlotte Rademeyer has been on the branch committee since October 2014 and has made a very real contribution to Kogelberg Branch. She was a very competent editor-in-chief of the newsletter for nearly a year, introducing photographs adding interest and colour. Charlotte also produced the first poster – ‘Bad Plant, Good Plant’ - featuring the dreaded New Zealand Christmas tree and giving suitable alternatives. This was the start of a campaign we had been planning for a long time. A busy and unpredictable work situation has meant that Charlotte has had to…