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, April 19, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Linn Run State Park
Rector, Westmoreland County

Leader: Loree Speedy, cell: 724-518-6022

Directions: From Pittsburgh, take the PA Turnpike east to Exit 91/Donegal. Turn left onto PA 31 and then, after a short distance, left onto PA 711. Continue on PA 711 north for about 9 miles. Turn right onto Darlington Road (this may be unmarked) and travel about one mile to its junction with PA 381. Continue straight onto PA 381 for a short distance, and then turn right onto Linn Run Road. Once you enter Linn Run State Park, continue about 1 ½  miles to the Grove Run Picnic Area on the right, where we will meet.

More Details to Follow

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Indian Creek Gorge, Fayette County
with the Mountain Watershed Association

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. wildflowers walks. Events all day. Enlow Fork, Greene County

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve, Beaver County, Dianne Machesney  Cell: 412-523-0368

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Wolf Creek Natural Area, Butler County, Dianne Machesney  Cell: 412-523-0368

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Butler-Freeport Trail, Monroe Rd, Butler County, Dianne Machesney  Cell: 412-523-0368

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Roaring Run Armstrong County
100 year anniversary of BSWP hike!
Loree Speedy

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mother's Day Hike at Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County, Mary Ann Pike

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Tour of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden by Kitty Vagley. This is a special tour for members of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania. All attendees will be treated to a tour and a complimentary one-year membership to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden courtesy of donor Bill Lawrence!