Spring Begins at Smith College with Annual
Editor’s note: High-res digital images
of the bulb show are available. For the photos, e-mail Marti Hobbes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 annual spring bulb show from Saturday, March 1,
to Sunday, March 16, at Lyman Conservatory on College Lane.
William Mathis, author of “The Gardener's Guide
to Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids,” will kick off the show Friday, Feb. 29,
with a talk, “The Best Kept Secret in the Gardening World: Hardy Terrestrial
Orchids.” The talk, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Carroll Room,
Campus Center, will be followed by a reception and preview of the bulb show in the
illuminated Lyman Conservatory. Both Mathis’ talk and the bulb show are free
and open to the public.
The spring bulb show is a long-standing tradition of
Smith College’s Botanic Garden, dating back almost 100 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 March.
The Smith College Botanic Garden 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 bulb show. All groups with more than ten people
wishing to attend the event must schedule in advance by calling (413) 585-2742. For
more information, call the Botanic Garden at (413) 585-2740.
For disability access information or to request accommodations,
please call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically,
call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail ODS@smith.edu. All requests
must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.