The mission of the Botanic Garden of Smith College is to foster education about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom through the use of outdoor and conservatory plant collections, gardens, displays, and exhibitions, and to preserve and maintain the historic Olmsted campus landscape.

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Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Arbor Day Lecture by Richard Higgins

Friday April 28, 12:00 noon - Campus Center Room 103/104 - lunch provided

Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. When he wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own “shadow in the air,” he was speaking about himself.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Common hollyhock
Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants

Botanical illustrations created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii. Come explore the varied ways both ancient Romans and modern Pompeians have used these plants.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017
Plants of Pompeii Conservatory Exhibit

Commencement & Reunion Exhibition
A live display in the Physiology House of some of the plants that are featured in the gallery exhibition, Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants. Come and immerse yourself in the scents and greenery of botanical Pompeii.

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017