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Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture
Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:30 pm
Campus Center Carroll Room

Wild Collected
by Rob Nicholson, Conservatory Manager, Botanic Garden of Smith College

We take for granted that the natural world is still a cornucopia of plants that can be collected and used for human needs. Every species grown in cultivation has a collection story as somebody, somewhere, pulled seeds or plants from the wild and brought them into cultivation.

Experience a botanical travelogue with Conservatory Manager, Rob Nicholson, as he shares images and stories from 30 plant collecting expeditions around the world. He'll take you from the Sahara Desert to the Amazon rainforest to see some of our Conservatory plants growing in the wild.

Followed by a reception at the Lyman Plant House with the Fall Chrysanthemum Show illuminated in the Lyman Conservatory.

Cupressus dupreziana  

Mum ShowMum Show


Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Saturday, November 1 through Sunday, November 16, 2014
Lyman Conservatory
10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Friday extended hours: 4:00 to 8:00 pm



Every fall, the Lyman Conservatory explodes with a rainbow of color! The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show features over-sized blooms that can reach eight inches across. Brightly colored chrysanthemums create a cascade of blooms along one greenhouse wall.

A dragon sculpture, by 2014 Smith College graduate Hyun-Jung Oh, is the centerpiece of the show and gives it this year's theme: Dragons!

The horticulture class is showcased each year with a display of their mum hybridizing experiments. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorites. The winner is inducted into the Mum Hall of Fame, an online exhibit. 


Theaurus Woolwardiae: Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward
on display through January 31, 2015
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House


Dates of Future Bulb and Chrysanthemum Shows
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