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The BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON was formed in 1901 by a union of the Botanical Seminar and the Washington Botanical Club. Early members included such notables as Erwin F. Smith, David Fairchild, and F.V. Coville along with J.N. Rose, O.F. Cooke, E.L. Greene, and F.H. Knowlton. The Society has met continuously since that time, and membership is available to all persons having an interest in Botany, and the other plant sciences.
Meetings are held monthly, at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, except July and August, in the Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Room WG33 (ground floor), West Wing of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. There is usually a brief business meeting followed by some type of program with a speaker presenting topics of broad biological or botanical interest. Subjects are varied and usually include a slide presentation and question and answer session. An informal group usually gathers for dinner at a downtown restaurant before the meeting, allowing for interaction between members and the speaker of the night. The Society also sponsors field trips to various places in the area and organizes other functions to bring its members together including a banquet in December.
All interested persons are invited to join the Society and are encouraged to participate in all the activities. Annual dues are $10.00 per person per year or $15.00 per couple per year at the same address. Dues are due at the beginning of January, payable to the Treasurer. A membership application is here.
There is an article by John A. Stevenson which appeared in the December 1970 Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. entitled "Highlights in the History of the Botanical Society of Washington".
Dinner location and time: We usually meet at 5:30 pm at the Elephant and Castle, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Nearest Metro station: Archives/Navy Memorial - yellow and green lines) - It's 3 and 1/2 blocks from the National Museum of Natural History.
President: Karen Redden
Vice president: Cavan Allen
Recording Secretary: Laurie Eyde
Corresponding Secretary: Kathy Bilton kathy at the domain fred.net
Treasurer: Paul Peterson
The BSW has been a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences since 1902.
The Entomological Society of Washington meets on the first Thursday of the month.
Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas is a site that Jil Swearingen has been instrumental in putting together.
Past Speakers and Topics (not up-to-date)
There is a new website for the Flora of the Washington-Baltimore Area
Charlie Davis has a new Mid-Atlantic Plant Identification Guide Page. The purpose of this page is to provide access to resources for identifying plants in the Mid-Atlantic states with an emphasis on native and naturalized species--particularly vascular plants. The URL is: www.bcpl.net/~cadavis/cmapig/initialpage.html
Edd Barrows and D. S. Kjar have set up the Biodiversity Database of the Washington, D.C., Area (BDWA)
Larry Morse did a segment about endangered plants on the June 4, 1998, All Things Considered. You can hear the segment in the archives for that day.
June 2: Ethnobotanical Database
The society mourns the loss of Sam Rainey, archivist and long time member of the Society, as well as its past president in 1994.
The society also mourns the loss of its newly elected vice president, Virginia Crouch, in a tragic fire at her residence near Hillsboro, Virginia, on December 6, 1997.