Interim Administrative Director & Conservatory Manager
Interim Asst. Director
Friends of the Botanic Garden of
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
Lynden Miller '60
Pamela Sheeley Niner '63
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44
Constance Parks '83
Catha Grace Rambusch '58
Shavaun Towers '71
Ruth J. Simmons,
President of Smith College
Susan Komroff Cohen '62
Paula Deitz '59
Botanic Garden News
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Editorial Assistant: Constance Parks
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buildings. Their structure is visually interesting and charming, which draws people in. In winter light, when there is snow around the building, Smith's Conservatory is a sight not to be forgotten.
"It's a big project," Ann notes, "but the rewards of restoring a building like that are great. I hope this gift will motivate others to join in supporting the preservation and improvement of one of the most interesting architectural elements of Smith's campus."
Another significant donor has asked to remain anonymous but relates that the Lyman Plant House is the first place she always goes whenever she gets to campus. She values the conservatories for their quiet, contemplative spaces. She remains informed about and supportive of our species conservation and medicinal plant research.
A local photographer of some skill, Judy Messer, came by recently with some work she had created in our conservatories. One shot, reproduced on the cover, captures the essence of the gardens. The young Campus School student is so absorbed in her study of plants that you can sense the firing of her imagination and the illumination of her mind. It is a process we see continually at all age levels, from toddlers to Smith seniors to graying seniors, and is perhaps the best product of our house of botanical wonders.
It is never easy to appeal to people for donations of their hard-earned money. But when you strongly believe in and are as committed to the mission and activities of the Smith College Botanic Garden as the staff is, we feel that we are extending an opportunity to others to become part of a crucial process: the art and science of building strong minds.
|| We are always looking for contributions of all sorts for Botanic Garden News. We welcome submissions of photographs, artwork, and articles, as well
as suggestions for topics you would like to see covered. Please contact
Madelaine Zadik at the Botanic Garden.