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Volunteer Recruitment

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Interested in Volunteering at The Botanic Garden of Smith College?

Here's how you can help:

Train to lead tours for school age and adult groups of the Botanic Garden with its renowned indoor collection of plants from around the world and campus specialty gardens.

Enjoy interacting with the public, but giving tours isn’t your thing? Volunteers also train to staff our reception desk on weekends and holidays and during our annual flower shows and special events.

The annual three day Volunteer Training Session is
January 20, 21 and 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Registration is required. Click HERE for information and an application.

Or call us at 413-585-2742 or stop by the Lyman Plant House, 16 College Lane.

Jesse Bellemare

Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture

Friday, November 6, 2015, 7:30 pm
Campus Center Carroll Room

Horticultural Insights into Plant Conservation and
Climate Change

by Dr. Jesse Bellemare, Assistant Professor, Biology, Smith College

Climate change is predicted to be a major threat to biodiversity in coming years. It is unclear how plant species will respond to this challenge: if they will be able to tolerate new climatic conditions in their native ranges, or if their dispersal and migration capacities will be sufficient to keep up as their preferred climate zones shift northward.

Native plant horticulture in the eastern U.S. provides a largely untapped trove of data on these pressing questions, as many species have been grown outside their native ranges for decades and, in some cases, have even escaped to colonize new geographic areas. These data are helping to recalibrate ecological models and guide the development of new conservation approaches, including controversial steps like "assisted migration".

Dr. Jesse Bellemare is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College. His research focuses on plant ecology, biogeography, and conservation in relation to climate change, as well as ecosystem changes caused by exotic species.

A reception and preview of the Fall Chrysanthemum Show at the Lyman Plant House will follow.

Mum Show
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Featuring Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging)
by Smith College Students

Saturday, November 7 - Sunday, November 22, 2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays extended hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Suggested donation $5

Mural 3 Rise of a Land Flora
Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution

Opening Lecture
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
Campus Center Carroll Room
James W. Walker
Paleobotanical Consultant on the Mural and Emeritus Professor of Biology,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Followed by a reception and viewing of the mural at the Lyman Plant House

The Botanic Garden is proud to unveil a new 60-foot mural, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. While there are numerous depictions of animal evolution, until now there has been no mural devoted specifically to the evolution of plants. Seeing this opportunity, the Botanic Garden stepped in to commission a mural and fill the void.
The stunning paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans. With a specialty in natural history, ethnography, and history, his work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria. This is his first installation at a botanical garden.

To celebrate the opening of Plant Life Through the Ages, we have invited paleobotanist James W. Walker to speak about plant evolution and the mural.

The eight panels will permanently reside along the corridor to the Palm House.

Dates of Future Bulb and Chrysanthemum Shows
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