Gardening Clubs & Societies

Botanical Society of South Africa – Veld & Flora

Chairperson: Bongani Mnisi
Chairperson Contact Phone: +27 (0) 21 797 2090
Office manager:  Simone van Rooyen
Contact Email:

Veld & Flora is a glossy, colourful and energising, the Botanical Society’s popular quarterly magazine Veld & Flora underwent a widely acclaimed redesign and makeover in 2019. Its invigorating features take readers out into the field with adventurous researchers and citizen scientists and urge readers to pursue their curiosity about southern Africa’s wealth of indigenous plants. Veld & Flora takes readers behind the scenes – onto mountains and shores, into labs and glorious indigenous gardens. It follows the contemporary trend for informing readers about environmental and scientific issues in plain English, showcasing the passion of our country’s plant enthusiasts and making for exciting and motivating reading in this era of climate crisis.

Witwatersrand Orchid Society

The Witwatersrand Orchid Society (WOS) was established in 1963 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We are a very diverse group, both in age and background with members ranging from complete novices to experienced growers with many decades of experience in growing all types of orchids.
The public is very welcome to visit a meeting – no experience in growing or knowledge of orchids is required. The aims of the WOS are to promote interest in the conservation, cultivation, knowledge and breeding of orchids, both indigenous and exotic species and hybrids. We have an extensive library where members are welcome to borrow books – no need to purchase expensive books of your own!

President: Marinus Kort
President Contact Phone: 082 447 5081 or 011 704 1041
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Vice President: Deon Barnes
Vice President Contact Phone: 083 469 6188 or 011 842 2151
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Secretary: Pauline Cuzen
Secretary Contact Email:
Location: Johannesburg

The South African Landscapers Institute

The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa.

Cape Region: Gaynor Demas
Contact Phone: 067 828 0667
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Gauteng region: Corne Nothnagel
Contact Phone: 067 246 3092
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KZN Region: Kate Johnson
Contact Phone: 083 542 4266
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Social Media: Facebook

South African Bonsai Association

President: Caroll Dewar Hermann
President Contact Phone:  082 567 7583
President Contact Email: OR
Vice President: Org Exley
Vice President Contact Phone: 082 809 2037
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The Horticultural Society

Founded 1907, celebrated centenary in 2007. Our motto is ‘We grow – we learn to grow – and grow by learning’. Our Society is open to anybody who is interested in gardens and gardening.
Our  monthly Wednesday morning meeting is held at :The Floreum Johanneburg Botanic Garden Emmarentia – (North Entrance of the botanical garden at  the dam wall,  Olifants Rd)
We have a speaker on a wide range of topics for each meeting.

Nola Gresty
President Contact Phone: 083 771 9537
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Secretary: Glynne Case
Secretary Contact Phone: 082 663 8498
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Areas Covered: Johannesburg city and surrounding suburbs
Location: Gauteng

Colourful Garden Club

The Colourful Garden Club will be hosting a 5 part Home Garden Makers Course (presented by Cary Goodwin), during which the members and visitors will be able to learn how to design and set up their gardens and then how to maintain them.

Chairperson: Lindy Goodwin
Chairperson Contact Phone: 082-331-1661
Chairperson Contact Email:
Location: Gauteng

Johannesburg South Garden Club

The Johannesburg South Garden Club, established in 1973, holds meetings on the third Saturday and last Tuesday of every month except December. Meetings take the form of talks by guest speakers on gardening related topics as well as visits to various places of gardening interest. Our Saturday meetings also include a competition table where members can exhibit their plants / flowers. These exhibits are judged, points awarded and a prize is awarded annually for the various section winners. Our “home base” is The Geelhout Room, Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park and the club is open to all age groups, why not come along and enjoy fellowship with other gardeners.

Chairperson: Dennis Boddington
Chairperson Contact Phone: 083 642 1967
Secretary: Brian Hovelmeier 
Secretary Contact Details:  or  082 339 0346
Areas Covered: Alan Manor, Alberton, Bassonia, Brackendowns, Brackenhurst, Glenvista, Glenanda, Kibler Park, Mondeor, Meredale, Mulbarton, Oakdene, Regents Park, Ridgeway, Rosettenville, Suideroord, The Hill, Turffontein, Winchester Hills
Location: Gauteng

All Seasons Garden Club

The garden club was started up in 1950 and was called The Organic Society as time passed not all things were organic and the committee decided to change the name to All Seasons Garden Club.

Chairperson: Annette Bohler
Chairperson Contact Phone: 011 640 5877 / 082 879 8962
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Secretary: Annette Bohler
Secretary Contact Phone: 011 640 5877 / 082 879 8962
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Areas Covered: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Magaliesberg
Location: Gauteng

Randburg Horticultural Society

Our club was established 42 years ago. We meet once a month, barring July and December, at various private gardens, nurseries and garden/plant related venues. At each meeting we have a talk on a wide variety of garden related matters. Refreshments are available after the talk.

Chairperson: Jeanette Smith
Chairperson Contact Phone: 011 706 5611 /082 923 6775
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Secretaries: Liz Macey and Matie Barnard
Secretary Contact Details (Liz): 011 787 8260 or
Secretary Contact Details (Matie): 011 787 7566 or

Northern Rose Society

The Northern Rose Society shares the love and knowledge of roses with anyone who is likeminded. We organise rose tours and garden visits and are closely affiliated to Ludwig’s Roses. We visit rose gardens in Gauteng once every three months.

Chairperson: Ludwig Taschner
Chairperson Contact Phone: 012 544 0144
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Vice Chairlady: Ria Russouw
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Areas Covered: Gauteng
Location: Gauteng
Social Media: Facebook Page

The Soweto/Islamic Garden Club

The club meets on the second Saturday of every month at 13h30 for 14h00 at the Gardener’s Terrace Lecture Hall in Lifestyle Garden Centre. An annual membership is payable. This includes a garden club card entitling the bearer to discount on certain items at Lifestyle Home Garden.

Although the club started off as the Soweto/Islamic Garden Club, all are welcome to join.

Chairperson: Pam Groen
Chairperson Contact Phone: 011 792 5616
Chairperson Contact Email:
Location: Gauteng

Fern Society of South Africa

We promote an interest in Ferns, protect indigenous ferns, research the cultivation of ferns and disseminate information concerning ferns. The Society presently has approximately 80 members throughout Southern Africa, all sharing a mutual interest in ferns.

Contact person:  Jolanda Nel
Contact email address:
Web address: 
Postal address:  PO Box 73125, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040, South Africa
Location: Gauteng

The Herb and Indigenous Plant Guild

We meet once monthly in my garden. Subjects chosen by the learners. Anything natural and many workshops.

Chairperson: Patsy Vergeer
Chairperson Contact Phone: 011 393 3427 / 076 265 4948
Chairperson Contact Email:
Areas Covered: East Rand but people come from all over the country.
Location: Gauteng

Northern Gauteng Orchid Society (NGOS)

The Northern Gauteng Orchid Society or Noord-Gauteng Orgideevereniging (NGOS) is an orchid society based in Pretoria. It serves the orchid growers and orchid enthusiasts of the Northern Gauteng area. The NGOS has been in existence since 1967 (formerly as the Orchid Society of Northern Transvaal) and is the 4th oldest orchid society in the country. NGOS members meet regularly to discuss aspects of orchid culture and to show off their flowering plants.

President: Keith Taylor
Secretary: Frikkie Marais
Areas Covered: Pretoria, Centurion, Brits, Bronkhorstspruit
Location: Gauteng
Facebook: Northern Gauteng Orchid Society
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Lifestyle Garden Club

From 18 to 80, all ages, all sizes, sexes and ideologies are welcome! If you’d like to have a look-see before joining, do join us on the 2nd Saturday of the month (February to November) at 09h00 for 09h30 – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. The Lifestyle Garden Club, which has been active for 20 years and meets monthly at the Gardener’s Terrace Lecture Hall at Lifestyle Home Garden, is the club to join if you are keen on finding out more about all aspects of gardening from some of the country’s experts in their fields.

Chairperson: Melanie Walker
Chairperson Contact Phone: 011 792 5616
Chairperson Contact Email: for Att: Melanie Walker
Areas Covered: Covers every area of gardening from design to general gardening as well as a bit of interior decorating.
Location: Gauteng

Bedfordview Garden Club

We warmly welcome all keen gardeners of any age group to join us on our informative and interesting mornings.

Chairperson: Heather Jayes
Chairperson Contact Phone: 011 828 6052 / 082-348 8291
Chairperson Contact Email:
Secretary: Ineke O’Dougherty
Secretary Contact Phone: 011-978-5333
Areas Covered: Bedfordview/Edenvale/Kensington
Location: Gauteng

Pretoria Huis en Tuinklub

Sosiale klub vir tuinliefhebbers. Ledetal ongeveer 40. Gassprekers en busuitstappies word gereël. Tee en verversings.

Social club for gardening enthusiasts . Member – about 40. Guest speakers will be arranged. Tea and refreshments .

Chairperson: Lucette Wegelin
Chairperson Contact Phone: 012 362 0914 / 072 968 7500
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Secretary: Aletta Lange
Secretary Contact Phone: 012 460 2072 / 083 312 1645
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Areas Covered: Pretoria en omgewing

Pretoria Bonsai Club

JAs one of the oldest Bonsai clubs in South Africa, we are privileged to have many senior members with years of experience who love to share their knowledge with the younger members. This contributes to the fact that our members are exposed to different approaches and techniques in the art of Bonsai. When you ask for help in how to solve a problem with a tree, you invariably get more than one solution – but you make the decision of which approach you prefer.

Chairperson: George H Exley
Chairperson Contact Phone: 082 809 2037
Chairperson Contact Email:
Areas Covered: The whole of Pretoria (Tshwane)
Location: Gauteng

Dendrological Society of South Africa

We promote knowledge, protection and propagation of trees, and the preservation of tree-dominated ecosystems, as a contribution to effective environmental conservation and improvement in South Africa.

Chairperson: Naas Grové
Chairperson Contact Phone: 082 575 4244
Chairperson Contact Email:
Secretary: Francois Van Wyk
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Areas Covered: South Africa