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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Plant Adaptation Up Close: A Biological and Artistic Interpretation

The Earth's diverse environments create many challenges for plant survival, and plants have evolved adaptations that allow them to thrive under hostile conditions. This exhibit explores these diverse adaptations, from clinging to rock cliffs to eating other plants.

Monday, May 2, 2016 to Sunday, March 26, 2017
After the Show Bulb Sale

Members ONLY:
Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Please bring your membership card.

General Public:
Saturday, March 25, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 26, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Please bring flats or cardboard trays for your purchases.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017
Common hollyhock
Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants

This exhibit features plant portraits created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer for the book; A Pompeian Herbal by Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski, the pioneer of garden archeology. The illustrations portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii and those that still grow in the area today. The text, adapted from the book, documents the varied ways both the ancient Romans and the modern Pompeians have used these plants. Many of them can be found in the Botanic Garden’s beds and greenhouses, or perhaps in your own garden.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017