Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings have moved to a different location

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.

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 $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.

BSWP Field Trips

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Jennings Prairie, Butler County

Leader: Dianne Machesney,; cell: (412) 523-0368

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
Allegheny County
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