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).
- Awarding grants, including the Bayard Long Award for students conducting botanical research and the Philadelphia Botanical Club Grant for club members engaged in botanical research, education, or conservation.
- Supporting the herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
We encourage anyone with an interest in plants to join. Membership includes a subscription to Bartonia