Monday, 30 November 2015

Lesotho Botanical trip January 2017

Harry Jans​ is organising a botanical trip to Lesotho from 07 - 27 January 2017 with Jenny Wainwright-Klein as the botanical guide​. A brief description of the trip says:

There are many tours to South Africa, which visit Lesotho just for a few days, but during this trip we will mainly visit Lesotho and will explore it well. Only in the first days will we stay in Witsieshoek to botanize in this plant rich area.

During this trip we will visit places which have not been visited by botanical groups before. One of these places is the Sehlabathebe National Park in the South with spectacular rock formations and a wealth of different and endemic plants.

The main goal during this trip will be to see as many(alpine) plants as possible, but there are also opportunities to see some Lesotho culture and the Katse Botanical Garden.

See ​​​​ for more information​.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees?

Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees?
Are scientists right to argue that plants and trees are "intelligent", and if so, what can we learn from them?

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Travels in Southern Africa: William John Burchell

Portrait of William John Burchell by Thomas Herbert Maguire (1854).

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of Burchell's return to Cape Town following his four-year expedition in South Africa. He collected 50 000 species of plants, seeds and bulbs, 10 000 specimens of insects, animal skins, skeletons, and fish, numerous anthropological artifacts, and created 500 drawings during the expedition.

The University of Pretoria recently digitized Burchell's account of this journey, a two-volume work entitled Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa (1822-24) for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Enjoying the challenge: Ann Swan Course Gauteng 03 - 05 Nov 2015

Ann demonstrates to a rapt audience
Isabelita was the envy of all with this set of pencils

More photos and feedback will follow in the National Newsletter due out in December.