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Eula Mary Owen's Yard, Jackson MS, 2001Exhibition:
Places for the Spirit:
by Vaughn Sills

Friday, March 6 - Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Lyman Plant House, Church Exhibition Gallery

A display of informational panels and 30 photographs from the book, with the same name, by Vaughn Sills.
Click on the exhibit title for more information.

Volunteer Recruitment

School group tour

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

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

Dates of Future Bulb and Chrysanthemum Shows
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