Philadelphia Botanical Club


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About the Botanical Club

The Philadelphia Botanical Club, founded in 1891, is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the botany of the Philadelphia region and beyond.

Botanical Club Activities

  • Meetings featuring talks by botanical experts. Meetings are held monthly from September through May.
  • Field trips to wild areas and gardens in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware — and occasionally farther afield. Field trips have two purposes: to record the plant species at the field trip site and to increase participants' knowledge of plants.
  • Workshops on botanical topics, such as fern identification and grass identification.
  • Bartonia, a journal of botany, which we publish annually. Bartonia was named for William P. C. Barton, author of the first local flora of Philadelphia (1818).
  • The Bayard Long Award for Botanical Research, given to students conducting research on plant species of the Philadelphia region.
  • Supporting botanical research and care of the herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

We encourage anyone with an interest in plants to join. Membership includes a subscription to Bartonia. To join us, visit our membership page.

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Updated December 17, 2011. Smilax glauca and Lilium philadelphicum images © 2003 Janet Novak. Web site hosted by The Academy of Natural Sciences.