The Hermanus Botanical Society was formed in 1960 and has its headquarters at the Botanical Centre in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
The Society has a mandate to protect the flora and fauna of the Reserve and is heavily involved in educating people on the need for conservation.
It is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve website.
The Society has been involved in numerous projects over the years, including the laying of the 10 km Cliff Path, the building of the Botanical and Visitors’ Centre in the Reserve and the establishment of the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery. The Visitors’ Centre, managed by members, houses a fresh display of specimens, renewed weekly. It is a hub of information for hikers and botanical ramblers. The Hermanus Herbarium, which has international status, was established by the Society in 1983, and houses over 4000 pressed specimens.
The Society is a very dynamic one and offers its members involvement in numerous activities-
- fynbos identification on botanical walks
- monthly talks on botanical matters by experts
- day walks and longer excursions to coastal and mountain places
- monitoring of regrowth after fire
- access to our internationally recognised Herbarium
- access to an extensive botanical and natural history library
- hacking meets to combat alien vegetation
- annual Hermanus Flower Festival in spring
- Fernkloof Nursery – members get 10% discount on plants purchased
- social gatherings, braais, picnics and ‘soup and sherry’ evenings
How to join
Application forms can be obtained from the Fernkloof Nursery
Hiring out facilities
- Fernkloof Hall
- Galpin Overnight Hut (on top of Galpinkop, 596m)