Hall of Botany
Investigate the incredibly diverse plant life of North America and Western Pennsylvania in Hall of Botany. Get lost in beautiful dioramas that depict wildly different biomes from all four corners of the United States. Learn about how animals and humans depend on plants for foods, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Discover how temperature and water affect plants by comparing a Florida everglade, an Alpine meadow on Mt. Rainier, an Arizona desert, and a wooded Pennsylvania valley. Identify herbs by their smells, and learn about photosynthesis and the food chain.
The hall also has several dioramas to show the plants and diverse habitats present in Western Pennsylvania. Local habitats like Lake Erie’s Presque Isle during the summer, a Warren County bog in the fall, and the Allegheny Natural Forest in the spring are all represented in Hall of Botany.
- This bedstraw specimen was collected on March 18, 1951 by Bayard Long in Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania. Bayard Long (1885-1969) was a Philadelphia-area …Read More »
- This specimen of flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) was collected on January 21, 1906 in Fern Hollow, Frick Park, Pittsburgh by Otto Jennings. …Read More »
- Collected on this Day in 1937: Princess tree This specimen of princess tree (Paulownia tomentosa) was collected on January 13, 1937 in …Read More »
- Pecans come from a type of hickory tree, Carya illinoinensis. In the same plant family as walnuts (Juglandaceae), pecan trees are native …Read More »