Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania

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The Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWP) is one of the oldest botanical organizations in the country. Since 1886, our members have met, botanized, and served as a resource of knowledge on the flowers of Pennsylvania.

Our group is a mixture of both professional and amateur botanists. BSWP meets monthly, September through June, and features excellent speakers. Field trips are frequent.

Our early affiliation with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, especially the Section of Botany — which has served as a repository for many of our collections and slides of the wildflowers of Pennsylvania — is ongoing. Members are called upon to teach classes in Botany, and to give public presentations to garden clubs and other plant societies and organizations.


BSWP meetings are held on the second Monday of the months September through June at 7:15 p.m. in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland). Members and guest speakers present topics of botanical interest. The public is invited to attend these meetings.

Field trips, led by members of the Society, are open to everyone, including non-members. Registration for BSWP field trips is not required. Trips last 3 to 4 hours but one can leave at any time.

Membership in the Society is open to all who are interested in learning about wildflowers. Field trips are open to anyone who wishes to observe and study wildflowers in their habitats.

Membership costs per year are $10 per individual and $15 per family, due in January. Membership includes a subscription to BSWP’s quarterly newsletter, Wildflowers. Send your name, address, e-mail address, and a check to: BSWP, c/o Mark Bowers, 279 Orr Road, West Newton, PA 15089.

Wildflowers of Pennsylvania

This publication contains 612 colored photographs of different wildflowers of Pennsylvania. These beautiful photographs were taken by members of the Society. The book also gives a brief description of botanical facts about the plant, the habitat where the plant is located, location in the state where the flowers can be found and the status of the flower in Pennsylvania: rare, threatened and/or endangered. It is spiral-bound for ease of use. $20.

To order by mail, add $2 postage and handling for one book, $3/two, $4/three, $4.50/four. Forward your check, made payable to BSWP, and your request to Dr. Mary Joy Haywood, RSM, PhD, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

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