Student Group Spreads Bad Seeds Around Smith College Campus
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – As the snow melts and the frozen New England tundra softens to mud, a group of Smith College student plant “junkies” sees an obvious opportunity to celebrate the beginning of planting season.
They call themselves the Bad Seeds and they plan to usher in the warmer weather with a slate of events throughout the month of April.
“Spring is such an important time of year,” said Shannon Struble, president of Bad Seeds. “Everyone is so depressed from the gray of winter that the rebirth of plants and all the new color that comes during this time lifts everyone’s spirits.”
The Bad Seeds, which currently has about a dozen members dedicated to horticulture and botany, will kick off the events April 6. The first session, called “Plant 9-1-1” will address how to nurture flora that may have been neglected throughout the colder days. It will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Lyman Conservatory.
In her own room at Smith, Struble currently nurses six plants and has plans for more. As the daughter of a master gardener, the senior student has been “playing in the dirt” for as long as she can remember.
“Once I got out of my teenage rebellion phase where I wanted to be the exact opposite of my mom, I started joining her in the design and labor process of gardening in our yard,” said Struble, who is from Michigan. “I found that I loved playing with the plants…I joined Bad Seeds to nurture that love away from home.”
The following events are planned as part of the celebration. With the exception of the workshop on April 29, all are free and open to the public.
Friday, April 6, 8 p.m., screening of the film “Secret Garden” on the Davis Lawn. Naturally, because it is spring, there is an indoor location reserved in case of rain: Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.
Tuesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., T-shirt and plant kit sale in the basement of the Campus Center.
Friday, April 13, 8 p.m., screening of the film “Little Shop of Horrors” on the Davis Lawn. Rain location: Stoddard G2.
Friday, April 20, 8 p.m., screening of the film “James and the Giant Peach” on the Davis Lawn. Rain location: Davis Ballroom.
Saturday, April 21, 2 to 3 p.m., plant maintenance and propagation workshop, Lyman Conservatory.
Sunday, April 22, 10 to 11 a.m., nature hike departing from the Lyman Conservatory. May involve swampy terrain. WEAR BOOTS!
April 24 and 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., T-shirt and plant kit sale, basement of the Campus Center.
Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., screening of the film “Adaptation” on the Davis Lawn. Rain location: Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.
Sunday, April 29, 2 to 3 p.m., tea-making workshop, Lyman Conservatory. FREE OF CHARGE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to participate in that workshop.
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