IBSA Bulb and Corm Symposium at Goudini Spa


The Indigenous Bulb Society of South Africa (IBSA) will be holding its 3 day symposium this August 2017 at Goudini Spa near Worcester.

IBSA’s slogan is Conservation through Cultivation – and this spring symposium will be a unique opportunity to network with plant lovers and conservationists from all over the world.

No other gathering offers such a unique mix of amateurs, academics, botanists and conservationists as well as backyard and expert growers of Cape geophytes.

Freesia-leichtlinii-Arniston-DSC02763 Haemanthus-barkerae-Calvinia

Top: Freesia leichtinii Photo: Rachel Saunders Above: Haemanthus barkerae Photo: Zoe Poulsen


On the first day of the symposium there will be lectures and discussions on a wide variety of topics from botany to horticulture. All our guest speakers are at the forefront of their fields. There will also be talks by leading conservationists and plant biologists with guest speakers from all over South Africa.

The following two days will be dedicated to field trips to the surrounding areas to see some of the plants discussed in their natural splendour.

The winter rain will bring into flower many bulbs from giant Albucas to colourful Irids and tiny Lachenalias. Our field trips will allow guests to observe many rare and endangered species in the wild. Field trips will be led by experts with intimate knowledge of the bulbs and their habitats.

We invite all plant lovers and amateur botanists to meet bulbophiles from all over the world who are passionate about growing, studying and conserving South African geophytes.

*All transport to and from field trips will be provided (Leaving from Goudini).

*Special conference fees available for day trips and students.


Above: Lachenalia aloides Photo: Zoe Poulsen


IBSA Bulb and Corm Symposium

28 – 30 August

Goudini Spa, Worcester

For more information contact Rachel Saunders:


Tel: +27 21 762 4245


  1. Who will be the speakers?

    • More details to come: One of the events main keynote speakers will be the world-renowned pollination biologist Steve Johnson. See our Facebook page for more details.

    • Please enquire at the email address provided for more details including registration and accomodation costs.

  2. I would like to add that IBSA is not limited to Cape bulbs. IBSA covers ALL
    South African bulbs.

  3. Please advise the name of the flower right at the top immediately above where you advertise the IBSA symposium. We have just seen a whole stack of them on Rondebosch Common.

    Many thanks

    Jenny Aling

    • Those are Ixia paniculata….Always looking amazing on Rondebosch Common at that time of year. One of my favourite species from there.

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