BSWP meetings are now held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m. Our monthly meetings will resume September 14, 2015.
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 $5,
there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum. 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.
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Jennings Prairie, Butler County
Leader: Dianne Machesney, DIANNEM15237@aol.com; cell: (412) 523-0368
Directions: From Pittsburgh, take I-79 North to Exit 99/Butler. Drive east on US 422 roughly 5.8 miles to the Prospect Exit, and turn left (north) onto PA 528. Continue on PA 528 for about 7 miles. We will meet in the Jennings Prairie parking lot on the left (west) side of the road, across from the Environmental Education Center.
Pack a bag lunch, water and dress for the weather.
Jennings Prairie, a 20-acre prairie ecosystem, was the first reserve established in Pennsylvania to protect an individual plant species and remains the only public and protected prairie in the Commonwealth. The spectacular prairie flower, Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), will be blooming, as well as many other prairie plants such as whorled rosin weed (Silphium integrifolium), ox- eye sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Culver's root (Veronicastrum virginicum) and tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris).
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Leader: Kitty Vagley, Director of Development Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel I-376 west (Parkway West) to Exit 62 / Campbell Run Road. Turn left onto Campbell’s Run Road. Take an immediate left onto Boyce Road. Follow Boyce up the hill (don’t return to the highway).
At the first intersection go straight – Boyce Road becomes Cowan Road. In 0.2 mile there is a fork. Bear right staying on Cowan Road (Road sign is hard to see). Follow Cowan Road 1.1 miles to stop sign at “T”. Turn right onto Baldwin Road. Follow Baldwin Road 0.7 miles, and make a right onto Pinkerton Run Road.
The Bayer Welcome Center is up 1⁄2 mile on the left. Parking lot entrance is on right.
Join us for a special tour of the Garden for all members of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania. If you attend this tour, your admission will be free, AND you will receive a free annual membership to the Botanic Garden! If you are not a member of the Botanical Society, you can still attend this special tour by simply joining the Botanical Society (individual $15, family $20, students $7.50) and immediately becoming eligible for this special offer! We thank member Bill Lawrence for this unique fundraising strategy benefiting both the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and the Botanical Society.
To learn more about the garden, visit pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.