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.

News & Announcements

elm tree surrounded by construction
Botanic Garden Says Good-bye to a Woody Friend

An American elm tree between Washburn House and Neilson Library will be removed this week as part of the Neilson Library construction project.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Friday, July 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
Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture

Friday, November 3, 2017
7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room

Who Put Those Genes in My Food??  Facts and Myths About “GMOs” 
by Margaret Smith, Phd., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University

Genetically engineered crops (so-called “GMOs”) have generated much controversy in recent years. The goal of this lecture is to help listeners better understand genetically engineered crops and to provide clear, objective, and factual information that they can use to form their own opinions.

Friday, November 3, 2017