Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings

The Society meets monthly from September through June on every second Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. See directions below.

December 10, 2018 • 7:15 p.m.
Annual Wild Foods holiday party and member presentations of 2018 photos.

Directions to Ford Mateer Classroom of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History:

The entrance to the parking lot, which is gated, is just past the Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig Street. The Ford-Mateer Classroom is reached through the Portal Entry in the rear parking lot area. Once inside the building, the room is located just beyond the Security desk on the left. In addition to the Museum parking lot, which costs $6, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum and along Craig Street that are free after 6 p.m. From there you will cross the street and walk through the right side of the gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for “Portal Entry” ahead. 

If you do not park in the Museum’s lot, from Forbes Avenue, walk along the right side of the parking toll gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for "Portal Entry" ahead. 

Directions to the Carnegie Museum

BSWP Field Trips

Registration for Botanical Society field trips is not required. Everyone is welcome, including non-members. Trips last 3 to 4 hours but one can leave at any time. For questions, call the field trip leader or Loree Speedy at 724-872-5232/home; 724-518-6022/cell or

All members are invited to provide their e-mail addresses to receive information and periodic updates of additional field trips scheduled throughout the year. Please send an e-mail to if you are not on the list.

Other Special Events

"Alphabetum Botanicum"
13 September – 14 December 2018The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University Library 5th Floor
This exhibition features Kandis Vermeer Phillips' illuminated letters, which are intertwined with
plants, mammals and insects. Each letter is paired with a botanical artwork from the Institute's collection to create a literal or amusing relationship between the two, such as the connection of ants with an aardvark and a peony bud, the sunflower as a food source for a cardinal or the similar shapes of a fox's tail and foxtail grass.

For more exhibition details, go to:

Opening reception: Thursday, 13 September (5:00-7:00 p.m.) is open to the public.
At 5:30 p.m. the curators and Phillips will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

Artist demonstrations: Friday, 14 September
10:00 a.m.-noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Phillips will give a demonstration on drawing letterforms in silverpoint in the gallery.