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The Botanic Garden of Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
413-585-2740
www.smith.edu/garden


Director
Conservatory Manager
Gardens Supervisor
Administrative Asst.
Education Coordinator
Interim Curatorial Asst.
Greenhouse Technicians
 
Pruner/Propagator
Gardeners
 
 
 
Arboretum Staff
 
 
Kim E. Tripp
Robert Nicholson
William Belden
Maryjane Beach
Madelaine Zadik
Lissa Harris
Susan Schaffner
Steve Sojkowski
Tracey Warton
Jeff Rankin
Boris Basora
Manuel Santos
John Berryhill
Dave Culver
Tom Gingras
David Trott

Friends of the Botanic Garden of Smith College Advisory Committee:

Noriko Sato '88, Co-Chair
Rebecca D. Truelove '91, Co-Chair
Lisa Morrison Baird '76
Sarah Szold Boasberg '58
Sarah K. Chase '90
Paula V. Cortes '70
Alex Metaksa Daugherty '86
Nancy Watkins Denig '68
Sydney Webber Eddison '54
Pamela Sheeley Niner '63
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44
Constance Parks '83
Catha Grace Rambusch '58
Shavaun Towers '71

Ex Officio:
Ruth J. Simmons,
      President of Smith College
Susan Komroff Cohen '62
Paula Deitz '59
Rosemary Wilcox Dickerson '51
      Chair, Board of Counselors

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Editor: Madelaine Zadik
Editorial Assistant: Constance Parks

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Trustees generously approved a comprehensive restoration and development project for the Conservatory. This ambitious project will provide us with the opportunity to completely refurbish the structural elements, glass envelope, environmental controls, irrigation, and benching systems of the glasshouses. It will also enable us to make modest changes to the entry area that will allow visitor entry and orientation to be streamlined and improved. We will be able to expand the area available for student projects and begin to address storage space shortages. This project will also create a tremendous opportunity to refresh the collections under glass as we restore the priceless glasshouses themselves.
    I was encouraged and excited to consider the possibilities ahead of us with the Lyman project while on a recent visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I was there to meet with our students and with host scientists in Kew's Jodrell Laboratory, who generously and thoroughly train the two Smith summer interns in cutting edge molecular biology techniques for plant conservation research. I wish you could have been there with me to experience the energy and excitement of the students, the world-class caliber of the scientists, and the realization of what an extraordinary opportunity these Smith students have landed. Some years ago, Kew undertook comprehensive restoration of their famous Palm House-the structure after which our own Palm House is modeled on a more modest scale. The revitalization which that project has brought to their glasshouse collections and work is a clear indication of the value of such endeavors for all botanic gardens, and was a marvelous inspiration to forge ahead with restoration of our own Lyman Conservatory.
    I would like to extend my personal invitation to all of our friends and colleagues to learn more about becoming involved with this most inspiring and crucial project at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. I would be pleased to talk with you about Lyman Conservatory Restoration and Development at any time. I look forward to seeing you in the garden and at our autumn events. decoration

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Drawing by Nadine Shapiro '00
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