February 14, 2003
Editor's note: Digital photos of flowering bulbs are available.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-After a two-year
restoration and renovation, Smith College's Lyman Conservatory
will reopen to the public for the college's annual bulb show,
a longstanding tradition and a beloved harbinger of spring for
New England's plant lovers.
The show will run March 1 through 16.
At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, Botanic
Garden Director Michael Marcotrigiano will introduce the show
with a public lecture titled "The Restoration of Lyman Conservatory."
The lecture, which will be held in Seelye 106, is free, open
to the public and wheelchair accessible. A free reception will
follow in the plant house, giving visitors the chance to preview
the show in the illuminated conservatory.
The show will feature more than 5,000 forced bulbs, many of them planted last fall by Smith horticulture students. The bulbs, which normally flower over a two-month period, are manipulated with cooling, warming and horticultural savvy so that they bloom simultaneously. They are stored in a cooler for a few months and then moved into climate-controlled greenhouses for a dose of warmth and light. After the show, many of the bulbs will be planted around the campus.