Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania
The Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania is one of the oldest botanical organizations in the country which has met and served as a resource of knowledge on the flowers of Pennsylvania since 1886. This is accomplished with the help of professional and amateur botanists, monthly meetings and weekly fieldtrips.
Botanical Society of Westmoreland County (BSWC)
Founded in 1949, the Society meets monthly in Greensburg.
Burgh Bees aims to introduce beekeeping to Pittsburghers in order to promote bees and beekeeping and in so doing, stewardship of the environment.
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Do you live in a city apartment without a yard? Check out these community gardens where you can grow your own produce.
Grow Pittsburgh's mission is to teach people how to grow food and to promote the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods.
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
A research division of Carnegie Mellon University that specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.
Ikebana International Pittsburgh Chapter #25
Founded in 1982, this group practices Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arranging.
Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania
The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized to advance the propagation, horticulture and preservation of orchid species and hybrids through research, education and scientific endeavors.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
provides education in horticulture, gardening, and conservation
to individuals, schools and communities in western Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
(Formerly the Botanic Garden of Western Pennsylvania and the Horticultural Society of Western Pennsylvania)
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is to be the region’s first major outdoor public garden – a “living museum” with documented collections of plants, beautiful and artistic garden displays and education programs related to horticulture, botany and nature.
Pittsburgh Garden Experiment
A forum for city farmers in Pittsburgh where you can learn about urban food production and what's working here in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Iris & Daylily Society
A club that holds six to eight meetings a year and publish a quarterly newsletter. They also usually sponsor accredited shows - iris in late May and daylily in mid July.
Pittsburgh Rose Society
The official site of the Pittsburgh Rose Society with information about growing roses in Western Pennsylvania and links to sources for roses not available from local nurseries.
Sogetsu Pittsburgh Study Group
Practices the Sogetsu school of Ikebana, Japanese flower-arranging.
Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance
Learn how a simple rain garden can help stem the flow of storm water polluting our region's rivers and streams.
Formerly Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest
Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City's vitality by restoring and protecting City trees.
Back Yard Fruit Growers
An informal association based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Check out their various focus groups (garlic and habaneros). There are also great links to related websites on their page.
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania
The GCFP is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of over 6,000 Pennsylvania garden club members: women, men and youth who share interests in gardening, civic beautification, floral design, conservation of natural resources, environmental and legislative issues through local clubs. The local clubs are grouped into 11 districts. The GCFP is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Penn State Master Gardener Program
The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening so that they can teach other home gardeners.
Pennsylvania Gourd Society
The Pennsylvania Gourd Society is a state-wide non-profit organization
consisting of gourd lovers of many varieties - from novice gourd gardeners to experienced hand-pollinators, from budding artists to juried fine artists, and different kinds of gourd crafters.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society produces the Philadelphia Flower Show, an annual event in March that attracts thousands of visitors and gardening enthusiasts.
Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
Members include production nurseries, landscape contractors,
landscape maintenance maintenance firms, garden centers, florists, and interiorscape firms. The site provides current information on legislative/regulatory issues, member benefits, and educational opportunities.
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
The Pennsylvania Native Plant Society (PNPS) is a not-for-profit organization that helps people learn about and enjoy native plants found in Pennsylvania. It sponsors numerous field trips throughout the state and publishes a quarterly newsletter for members.
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American Community Garden Association
Their mission is to promote community gardening because: "community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education."
American Horticultural Society
The American Horticultural Society (AHS) website includes information about joining the society and purchasing its publications, one of which is the bimonthly American Gardener.
American Society for Horticultural Sciences
For professional gardeners (horticulturalists).
Garden Writers Association
The GWA is comprised of creative garden communications professionals including freelance writers, book authors, syndicated columnists, editors, photographers, lecturers, television and radio personalities and more. Each year they award prizes for the best writing.
National Garden Bureau
The National Garden Bureau is dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information so that home gardeners can successfully grow flowers and vegetables from seed. Check here for the latest varieties!
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
This federation of federations of garden clubs has links to the various state federations
National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association offers expert advice and gardening articles on their website (they even have a weed library.
Ecological Landscaping Association
The Ecological Landscaping Association is a nonprofit, member-based organization of landscape professionals, homeowners, and community groups who believe in using landscape practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial.
Perennial Plant Association
A professional trade association dedicated to improving the perennial plant industry by providing education to enhance the production, promotion and utilization of perennial plants. They choose a "Perennial Plant of the Year" that is "suitable for a wide range of climate types, low maintenance, easily propagated - easily comes true from seed or vegetative propagation, and exhibits multiple seasonal interest."
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