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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!

NOTE: The Februay Biophilia meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom. Directions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh February Meeting — Bring on the Bees, Birds and Butterflies! The Use of Native Plants in Pollinator-Friendly Community Gardens

Join us on Thurs., Feb. 6 in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom with Barbara Martin and Dr. Patricia DeMarco, as they get wild – wild about native plants that is! Learn about how the Late Bloomers Garden Club engaged the Forest Hills Borough as well as themselves with the planting of a certified pollinator-friendly community garden. Thinking about planning your own community garden? Our speakers will show you how native plants enhance a landscape and make a difference in a community. 

Meet the Speakers 

Barbara Martin, M.S., is the current Chair of the Forest Hills Environmental Advisory Council and the President of the Late Bloomers Garden Club. She is a Penn State Master Gardener, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from Point Park University and a master’s degree in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has both a Sustainable Horticulture Certificate and a Landscape and Garden Design Certificate from Phipps Conservatory!

Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D. is a Pittsburgh-based author, speaker, and environmental expert. She has spent a thirty -year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions. She was the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She is Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council and a Trustee of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

Meeting Schedule

5:30 – 6 p.m. — Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 – 7 p.m. — Discussion

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please send us an email or sign up on our Meetup page

Discover Our Additional Resources

Designed as a series of posts on the Phipps blog and a hashtag for use on Twitter and Instagram#bioPGH is a new social call-to-action for people throughout the region to more closely examine the beauty and importance of the nature around them.

The Biophilic Mind is a blog focused on presenting primary-source articles at the intersection of human health and the natural world. The Biophilic Mind aims to highlight high quality, recent research about the connections between well-being and nature.

Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities. 

In this archive, you may access presentation materials and video recordings from previous installments of our monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting series. Additions will be made often, so visit regularly for the latest materials to deepen your Biophilia: Pittsburgh experience.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. 

Directions and Parking 

Please note this meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), specifically in the classroom on the first floor. To access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park Bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL. 

Our Goals

• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact

What Is Biophilia?

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff