|The Botanic Garden
of Smith College
The Botanic Garden of Smith College
Effective January 1, 2001
About the Botanic Garden of Smith College:
The campus of Smith College was originally planned and planted over one hundred years ago as a botanic garden and arboretum, designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted.
Today, the Botanic Garden has a mission to be of scientific as well as aesthetic value. It encompasses the entire 125-acre campus, including the Lyman Conservatory and a variety of specialty gardens. The plant collections are used as a resource for teaching and research by students and faculty in the Biological Sciences and other disciplines.
Availability of the Facilities:
Although the outdoor facilities have been used for small weddings and wedding photos, it is imperative that these activities are consistent with the purpose of the gardens.
Gardens available for weddings and photos include: Capen Garden; the pond and garden area adjacent to the Lyman Plant House & Conservatory; and Trudy's Garden behind Alumnae House.
Easily damaged areas NOT available for ceremonies or photos include the Botanic Garden greenhouses and the Rock Garden next to the Lyman Conservatory.
The following policies and fees have been established to assure proper use of the gardens, to avoid scheduling conflicts, and to protect the grounds and gardens from unnecessary damage and/or abuse.
While there is no fee for use of the gardens, donations are always appreciated.
Reservations must be made at least one month in advance for ceremonies or photos. Please call the Events Management Office at 413-585-2179 to request a reservation. When arrangements are complete, you will receive a confirmation letter which you must bring to your event. Smith reserves the right to turn away those without reservations.
Policies for Outdoor Weddings and Wedding Photos:
Students and alumnae of Smith College may obtain information about holding wedding receptions at the Smith College Alumnae House by calling 413-585-2020.
For information about using the Smith College Conference Center for wedding receptions, please call 413-585-6977.
For information about using the Helen Hills Hills Chapel for weddings call 413-585-2753 or click HERE to visit their website.
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