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Starting your own collection 

Botany is a fascinating topic that can be a rewarding hobby. Starting and maintaining your own collection of botanical specimens is very simple. For more information about preserving and storing your specimens, visit the Collecting & Mounting pages.


There are many websites where you can learn more about botany and museum collections. Here are some to get you started:

mountain laurel
Pennsylvania State Flower: Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia

PA Botany
Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Flora Project
Pennsylvania Wild Plant Project
Pennsylvania Biological Survey
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
Western PA Mushroom Club 

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Herbarium
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
The Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria
Harvard Herbaria
Smithsonian Institution Department of Botany  

Wildflowers & Images
National Wildflower Research Center
Flora of North America  

Botanical Gardens & Arboreta
The Arnold Arboretum, Harvard  
Fairchild Tropical Garden, FL
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
Longwood Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Missouri Botanical Garden
Morris Arboretum
New York Botanical Garden   


Click here for the Pennsylvania Rare Plant list

Societies & Associations
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Botanical Society of America
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections 

International Plant Names Index (IPNI)
W3Tropicos (MBG)
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
PLANTS National Database
National Collection of Endangered Plants