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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Dawn redwood
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

Extinction is a natural process and over millions of years, innumerable species and countless trees have gone extinct. However, today, human driven processes such as overexploitation, habitat loss and climate change are accelerating the rates of extinction for many species, including trees. Currently, 10% of all tree species are threatened with extinction.
Learn what's being done to help trees, and what you can do to make a difference.

Friday, March 2, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018
Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson
Bulb Show Opening Lecture 2018

Stories About Seeds
Presented by Tim Johnson, Director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College,  and former Head of Preservation at Seed Savers Exchange.
7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room

Join us for a journey through time as we explore the evolution of seeds and the emergence of the angiosperm (“vessel seeded”) plant lineage. These flowering plants arose some 125 million years ago. Learn about how the humble skill of seed saving changed the course of human history and about the current work being done to preserve both biodiversity and cultural identities in seed banks.

Friday, March 2, 2018
spring tulips
Spring Bulb Show

HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday extended hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
A spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips  provide an early glimpse of spring.
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Groups of 10 or more visiting the show must schedule in advance.
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Saturday, March 3, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018