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.

October 13
, 2014 • 7:15 p.m.

Wil Taylor, our speaker this evening, will present The Jennings Prairie — an Ecological Oasis. He will discuss the challenges of managing an ecological anomaly — a western Pennsylvania prairie. Discover why there is a prairie in Butler County as Wil shares the story of its discovery by Otto E. Jennings and the subsequent effort to preserve this botanical gem. He will share the latest efforts to determine the most effective way to control the undesirable encroachment of aspen, shingle oak and other shrubs upon the prairie, and showcase the “desirables” such as Culver’s root, big bluestem, blazing star and, believe it or not, a rattlesnake! Wil Taylor has been the manager of Jennings Environmental Education Center since 2010.  Prior to being manager, he was the program coordinator for the Center. Wil is a graduate of Slippery Rock University.

November 10, 2014 • 7:15 p.m.

Why does Pittsburgh need another botanic garden? will be presented by Greg Nace, who has been President of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden since 2010. Prior to coming to the Garden, Greg was the Associate Director of the historic Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a premier public garden at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is transforming 460 acres of abandoned mining land into a world-class botanic garden. Once completed, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be one of the largest botanic gardens in America.


2014 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium

November 7–8, 2014
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA

Online registration is now open for the second biennial Pennsylvania Botany Symposium. The PA Botany Symposium Committee has developed another exciting program. The program and links to registration and lodging at a reduced group rate can be accessed by going to For Penn Stater Conference Hotel reservations at symposium group room rates, follow this link. Special rates end Monday, October 13.

Direct any questions you may have to Lisa at

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available.