BSWP Meetings are held on Mondays at
7:15 p.m. at Kresge Theater, Carlow
University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland). Kresge Theater
is on the top floor of the Grace Library and is accessed from the upper campus. Place a note on your dashboard saying “Botanical Society
Meeting,” or use your parking permit.
If the weather is inclement, a BSWP
meeting will cancel if Carlow University cancels classes. To learn if
that has happened, call the Carlow Weather Line at 412-578-6677.
Monday, March 10, 2014 Meeting
Dr. Todd Ristau will present “Eighty Years of Change in the Vegetation of Hearts Content Scenic Area, Warren County, PA”.
Dr. Ristau is a Research Ecologist with the Allegheny National Forest, US Forest Service. He is interested in the ecology and management of northern hardwood forests, in particular dynamics during early stand development, competition, and the impacts of management on herbaceous plant diversity. He is also interested in the long-term change in the old growth forests of Pennsylvania.
He received a BS in Biology from Houghton College, a Master of Science in Forest Resources from The Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in Plant Ecology in 2010 from The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Monday, April 14, 2014 Meeting
Martha Oliver will present "Plants of the Shale Barrens". Her talk will be about native shale barrens plants from PA, WV and MD and how to grow them locally. As special bee habitat this type of garden is very successful.
Martha is a garden designer and writer currently working at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Rector; she is helping with a project to recreate habitat for native bees using sand dunes. With her husband Charles she owns The Primrose Path a nursery specializing in hybrids of Heuchera, Tiarella, and Phlox. She has a special interest in plants of the Shale Barrens used in the rock garden.
BSWP Field Trips
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not on the list.
Cedar Creek Bike Trail and Riverside Winter Hike
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2 p.m.
Leader: Mary Ann Pike
email@example.com; cell: 412-855-8239
Join us for a Late Winter Hike to look for winter weeds and signs of spring along the Youghiogheny River. Note that we are meeting in the first bike trail parking lot, and not the further Gorge parking lot.
Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel PA 51 south to its junction with PA 201 (just after Bill's and Willowbrook Plaza). Continuing on PA 51, travel 2 additional miles to the traffic light for Concord Lane (gas station and Burger King on left) and turn left. (This traffic light at Concord Lane can also be reached by I-70 exit 46B and continuing north on PA 51 for a very short distance). Traveling on Concord Lane, bear right at fork and then turn right onto Municipal Drive. Continue about 0.6 mile past Timm’s Lane, and turn left into the main entrance to Cedar Creek Park. Follow this road downhill, cross the bike trail, and immediately turn right to the parking area.
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1 p.m.
Cedar Creek Gorge, Westmoreland County
Leader: Mark Bowers, 724-454-4012
Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel PA 51 south to its junction with PA 201 (just after Bill's and Willowbrook Plaza). Continuing on PA 51, travel 2 additional miles to the traffic light for Concord Lane (gas station and Burger King on left) and turn left. (This traffic light at Concord Lane can also be reached by I-70 exit 46B and continuing north on PA 51 for a very short distance). Traveling on Concord Lane, bear right at fork and then turn right onto Municipal Drive. Continue about 0.6 mile past Timm’s Lane, and turn left into the main entrance to Cedar Creek Park. Follow this road downhill, cross the bike trail, and turn left to continue through a series of parking lots until you reach the farthest parking lot, near the Gorge Trail.
Upcoming Botanical Society Field Trips
Saturday, April 19, 2014. Duff Park, Murrysville, Westmoreland County. 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8 10 a.m.
Earth Day! Wolf Creek Narrows
Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 10 a.m.
Foxburg, Clarion County
The 19th Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium
Saturday, April 12, 2014 • 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.
is a premier horticultural event, showcasing internationally renowned
speakers and offering attendees the opportunity to shop for new and
unique plants and garden accessories.
A new attraction for 2014
is the annual daffodil show hosted by the Daffodil and Hosta Society of
Western Pennsylvania. This year's keynote speaker is legendary plantsman
Michael A. Dirr, retired professor of horticulture, University of
Georgia. Dirr is well known for numerous plant introductions and as
author of the “Manual of Woody Ornamental Plants,” a must-have reference
for all landscape professionals. The symposium qualifies for continuing
education credits for landscape architects, certified arborists and
Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturists.
event also includes an all-day Garden Marketplace where you'll find
nursery stock, including native plants, as well as garden supplies and
art and craft vendors.
To register for the symposium online and see a list of vendors, go to www.cvent.com/events/garden-landscape-symposium-of-western-pennsylvania/event-summary-64fc0d4f0d9242af9ee3cefeb1b322b4.aspx.
Registration deadline is Saturday, April 12, 2014.
SAVE THE DATES!
2014 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium
November 7–8, 2014
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA
Please mark your calendars for the second biennial Pennsylvania
Botany Symposium! The PA Botany Symposium Committee is currently working
to develop another exciting program. If you would like to be added to their email list for updates on the program, registration or lodging
information please go to http://pabotany.org/2014-pa-botany-symposium/. Continue to check the symposium's pabotany.org web page for sponsorship and
exhibitor opportunities as more become available.