Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings have moved to a different location

September 2014 through June 2015, BSWP meetings
will be held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m. 

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.

April 13, 2015 • 7:15 p.m.

Our speaker is Chris Massimino. The title of the lecture "An Introduction to Ethnobotany: the relationship between people and plants".

Chris tells us: "The field of Ethnobotany is an interdisciplinary inquiry into people and plants through many fields of science. I have had the esteem delight of learning the field of ethnobotany at a University level, with participation in numerous research conferences around the country. Having the chance to see these presentations and learn from many cutting edge researchers in this field has been inspiring. In college I focused on forest ecology including a native medicinal plant Actaea racemosa (Black Cohosh). Research topics included population dynamics and in vitro cultivation for genotyping. I also had an opportunity to interview farmers and craftsman for inquiry into their practices.

"I am currently working for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in horticulture and forest management. My primary focus has been on restoring the native ecology through diverse plantings and management of invasive species. We are building a new botanic garden on 460 acres with plentiful infrastructure building including trails, exhibits, and general construction. I am planning to implement displays on medicinal plants, those mostly native to Appalachia this year. Within our scope of educational outreach, I will teach a seminar series this year with a lecture each month. We also manage an increasing number of volunteers each year, an invaluable help to building the garden! "

BSWP Field Trip

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 1:00 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.

There will be early spring plants popping out along the stream, but wear sturdy shoes if you wish to make the climb to see Snow Trillium.

15 Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum
Save the Date!

Saturday, April 11 • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 112 Forest Resources Building
Penn State University, State College, PA

Please check the Rare Plant Forum page on the PA Botany site for more event information as it develops.