***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner was Vikki Crawley – congrats!***
I’ve always liked flowers. But when I was in my 20s it was more in an abstract sense, like ooh my boyfriend bought me some roses and isn’t that romantic. As I’ve got older I’ve developed a newer respect for the natural world. I’d never have dreamed of going on a tour of people’s gardens as a young person, but we did that regularly in Joburg before we left and it was the most wonderful thing. I like reading gardening magazines now. I even started my own veggie garden at our home in Joburg and I miss it terribly.
I guess with all the broken things and broken people in the world, nature offers us a glimpse at harmony – how things could work. I have a renewed sense of wonder when I see how perfect a flower is. How a bee knows just when that flower is ready to pollinate by the colour of its petals. Listening to birds tweeting and frogs singing and turning off your phone, is a way of reconnecting to this earth and we all need to do it more regularly.
So when I won a family membership to The Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc) at the Cape Town meet up in April I was thrilled – I even shrieked a little bit. The main reason was because a membership offers you free entry into Kirstenbosch gardens for a whole year (for the entire family!), as well as all other nine SANBI National Botanical Gardens around the country. So that includes Harold Porter Garden in Betty’s Bay, Dessert Karoo Garden in Worcester and Walter Sisulu garden in Roodepoort, among others.
We live close to Kirstenbosch and because of our BotSoc membership, we now pop in all the time. We go for picnics. We go for walks. And sometimes I just take Ben along and let him run around like a mad thing in order to tire him out. It’s an exquisite garden and every time I go, I come away feeling a little bit more restful and peaceful. Plus their nursery sells the most wonderful fynbos bouquets (like the one pictured above) for around R50.
What is BotSoc? The Botanical Society of South Africa is an environmental NGO that was set up way back in 1913 (when Kirstenbosch was first established) with the aim of supporting the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) gardens nationally, as well as encouraging environmental education and conservation. They’re passionate about indigenous flora and appreciating and protecting our country’s amazing biodiversity – and so am I.
Member benefits include free entry to all nine (soon to be 10) National Botanical Gardens dotted across the country for a year, a free quarterly copy of the Veld & Flora magazine, discounts at participating outlets, free excess seeds (SA residents only and Ts&Cs apply), volunteer opportunities and much more. Have a read of 10 reasons why joining BotSoc is a good idea here.
You can also read the various rates and membership details here.
***Win an annual family membership to Botanical Society of SA***
Bot Soc have offered one lucky Making Mountains reader a chance to win an annual family membership worth R625. This is for two adults and two children between the ages of 6-18 (kids younger than that get into gardens for free anyway).
Think of how much money you’ll save instead of paying for entrance into your nearest botanical gardens every time, plus ditch the movies or shopping centres and spend some time in a picture perfect garden instead.
How to enter:
- Tell me which SANBI Botanical Garden is closest to you by checking out this list.
- Comment below and let me know!
- Giveaway closes on Friday 22 July at noon.
- Share the love if you want to! Tel others about this giveaway using the various social media buttons below.
Please note that this is only open to SA residents, you can only enter once and the winner will be chosen randomly by random.org. I’ll contact you via email and BotSoc will then be in touch to arrange your membership.