The Botanical Section welcomes anyone interested in all kinds of plants. Join us from spring to autumn on our Summer excursions to explore the many beautiful places of Perthshire and discover their fascinating flora. We hold about twelve excursions a year, either in the evenings, during the week or at weekends. Our searches cover a wide range of habitats, from mountain tops to river valleys, looking at plants throughout the seasons and ending with a fungal foray. There is at least one excursion organized for the summer that takes us beyond the boundaries of Perthshire. Members are always on hand to help with plant identification and with the understanding of our flora.

During the winter months the Botanical Section organizes six talks on different aspects of plant life or natural history. The evening meetings are very popular and we finish the evening over a cup of tea or coffee with a chance to chat to the speaker and other members.

The outstanding work of Francis Buchanan White, the founder of the PSNS, resulted in the publication of the Flora of Perthshire in 1898 after his death. The Flora includes records made by other members, including the Birnam Postie, Charles Macintosh, whose botanical interests influenced Beatrix Potter. Latter day members helped to compile The Checklist of the Plants of Perthshire (available to purchase – see our publications page), and we continue our efforts to update our knowledge of the flora of this, very special area. We work closely with other organisations such as Plantlife, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the Botanical Society of Scotland.

The section publishes an annual bulletin and copies are available to download on the PSNS Publications page.

For more information about Botanical Section activities contact the section secretary, Liz Lavery at

Today, PSNS members continue to be involved in community activities. For one Doors Open day at Perth Museum and Art Gallery our members produced a series of educational panels on the “Architectural Significance of Plants”


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Section is not holding any indoor lecture meetings before Spring 2022. Instead of providing our own, we are promoting events from the programme of the PSNS and other societies with similar interests.

Other meetings have been held by Zoom. Recordings of some talks are available to view.

The Section’s AGM will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday 9 March @ 19.30, followed by a talk by Tom Ryan, ‘How to take better pictures of birds and plants – without breaking the bank’. Members looking for advice on improving their photography are welcome to share photos. 

Please try to attend this meeting and the AGM as the future direction of the section should be decided. Papers for the AGM can be downloaded from the links below:

All indoor meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP. Evenings conclude over tea and coffee.

Bulletins of the Section

The Section produces an Annual Bulletin recording activities over the previous year. Bulletins can be downloaded from the PSNS Publications page. A Spreadsheet index to excursion venues described in Section Bulletins can also be downloaded.