Smith College to Present Annual Spring
Noted Horticulturist Lauren Springer Will
Give Opening Lecture
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- A spectacular array of blossoming crocus, hyacinths,
narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips will provide an early glimpse of
spring at Smith College's Lyman Conservatory from Saturday, March 6,
to Sunday, March 21. The Annual Spring Bulb Show is open to the public
at no charge daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday nights March
12 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is available on College Lane for the
two weeks of the show. All groups with more than ten people wishing to
attend the event must schedule in advance by calling (413) 585-2742.
On Friday, March 5, Lauren Springer, a contributing editor for Horticulture
magazine and author of the award-winning book "The Undaunted Garden," will
open the show with a slide lecture titled "Continental Ideas For
American Gardens." Springer's lecture, which will take place at
8 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium and will be followed by a reception
and preview of the show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory, is free
and open to the public.
For years, Americans have looked to the English for garden inspiration,
with a nod here and there to Mediterranean and Japanese influences. During
Springer's talk, she will discuss a new style that has been evolving
in public and private gardens in Germany and Holland and which is creating
an entirely new idiom of ecologically based naturalism. In many ways
this new Continental style mirrors some of America's own recent regionally
expressive garden styles. Springer will discuss some of these modern
Continental concepts and characteristics, illustrated with both European
and American examples, to provoke thought and inspire ideas for our gardens.
Springer's most recent book, "Passionate Gardening: Good Advice
for Challenging Climates," co-authored with Rob Proctor, received
the 2001 American Horticultural Society Book Award, and her private gardens
have been featured on television and in many publications.
The Annual Spring Bulb Show is a long-standing tradition of Smith College's
Botanic Garden, dating back over 75 years. Ordinarily blooming at different
times, some 5,000 bulbs are coaxed into a simultaneous blooming beginning
in October when Smith horticulture students put them into cold storage.
In January, the bulbs are transferred to the greenhouses and, with careful
timing and temperature control, are ready for their colorful debut in
Also on view beginning Friday, March 6, in the Church Exhibition Gallery
of the Lyman Conservatory is the photographic exhibit, "The Botanic
Garden: A Neighboring View," by Northampton resident and photographer
Judy Messer. The exhibition, which will be on display through May 31,
will feature 15 years of photographic exploration by Messer, whose home
neighbors the Smith College Botanic Garden. There will be a reception
for the exhibition from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. The exhibition
and reception are free and open to the public.
The Botanic Garden, which is wheelchair accessible, is free
and open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available
on College Lane for the two weeks of the Spring Bulb Show. For more information,
please contact the Botanic Garden of Smith College at (413) 585-2740
or visit the Web site at http://www.smith.edu/garden.
Office of College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
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