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Win a Family BotSoc membership worth R625

July 18, 2016 | 37 Comments

***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:

  1. Tell me which SANBI Botanical Garden is closest to you by checking out this list.
  2. Comment below and let me know!
  3. Giveaway closes on Friday 22 July at noon.
  4. 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 I’ll contact you via email and BotSoc will then be in touch to arrange your membership.

You can also follow BotSoc on Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck!

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  • Reply Tamra Sykes July 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Awesome prize! Our closest Botanical Gardens are Pretoria and Walter Sisulu.

  • Reply Philippa Jansen van Rensburg July 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Walter Sisulu

  • Reply Tshidi Ramabu July 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

    The Pretoria Botanical Gardens 🙂

  • Reply vikki July 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Closest gardens definitely Kirstenbosch and I would come through to Cape Town far more often if I had BOTSOC membership…would be fantastic – Kirstenbosch is one of those crazy magic places…

  • Reply Louisa July 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Our closest is Walter Sisulu. The kids know it as my waterfall.

  • Reply Chloe July 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Kirstenbosch 🙂

  • Reply Lauren Henderson July 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Kirstenbosch is a short drive away, and the perfect picnicking spot for us.

  • Reply Nicole Marshall July 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    We’re just up (and then down) the road from Kirstenbosch. 🙂

  • Reply Cath F July 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Kirstenbosch 🙂

  • Reply Lauren Pearce July 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Kirstenbosch…. autocorrect :O

  • Reply Cassey July 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Kirstenbosch is our closest one. We love it something fierce, but don’t get there enough for my liking.

  • Reply Jerall July 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Kirstenbosch Gardens.

  • Reply Linda July 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Kirstenbosch – then we can join you and tire out all the kids at once!

  • Reply Dominique July 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Kirstenbosch 🙂 would love to visit more often!

  • Reply Linnet July 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Kzn national botanical gardens in Pmb is our closest, and we would be regular visitors if we won.

  • Reply Nicky July 18, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Harold Porter Garden in Betty’s Bay

  • Reply thea lennox July 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Kirstenbosch would be so awesome

  • Reply Tanya July 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Walter Sisulu – have spent many lazy Sundays there 🙂

  • Reply Phillipa July 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Would love this as have been debating getting one now that my daughter has reached toddlerhood. Kirstenbosch is our nearest garden, so much more convenient than the new Greenpoint Park … but that one is free.

  • Reply Hayley July 19, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    We adore going to Kirstenbosch with our two year old
    On the weekends!

  • Reply Lindsay July 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Awesome prize!
    Mine would be Kirstenbosch gardens

  • Reply Carmen July 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Kirstenbosch Gardens

  • Reply Tana July 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Kirstenbosch. Would be so amazing to win this 🙂

  • Reply Nicholl Lawrence July 19, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Kirstenbosch is closest to us, LOVE going there, but definitely would be awesome to just pop in whenever we get a chance! Also, I need to get one of those bouquets-stunning! My 3 and 5 year olds enjoy being out in “the wild” at Kirstenbosch.

  • Reply Lizanne Pitt July 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Kirstenbosch is closest! Some of my best memories are there! My kids love running around there and it’s great to enjoy the outdoors space. Been meaning to get a membership for ages.

  • Reply Louise July 19, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Kirstenbosch …. we love it but sadly don’t go there often enough due to price…so this prize is right up our alley!

  • Reply Kerry Vollmer July 20, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Lovely prize. My closest botanical gardens is Walter Sisulu

  • Reply Kim July 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Closest is kirstenbosch gardens. Would love it thank you.

  • Reply Ursula Denton July 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    My closes is Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens.

  • Reply Kim July 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Closest is kirstenbosch gardens.

  • Reply Meg July 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Ahhhh, wonderful Kirstenbosch. Between the dinosaurs and sky walk and shady trees, our whole family loves to go there to spend time. A pass would definitely go a loooong way to our summer fun this year!

  • Reply Lisa Harrison July 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    This is such a lovely little giveaway. With an almost 2 year old son, we go to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (closest to us, about a 15 minute drive) every chance we get!

  • Reply Chanelle July 21, 2016 at 6:29 am


  • Reply Jason Suter July 21, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens!

  • Reply Adrian July 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Kirstenbosch! I win I win

  • Reply Melanie Pieterkosky July 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm


  • Reply Pippa July 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm


  • Let me know what you think!