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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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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018
Botanic Garden Job Posting

The Botanic Garden is seeking candidates for the Manager of Education position.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018
Tree Planting Demonstrations

Thursday April 26 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on the Smith College campus.

1:00 pm, west side of Sage Hall - Franchet's Maple, Acer sterculiaceum ssp. franchetii
3:00 pm, at the bottom of the new Crew House ramp - Pawpaw

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Join John Berryhill, Landscape Curator and a Certified Arborist, for a tree planting demonstration. Learn about the stresses and challenges facing transplanted trees. John will discuss selection of a good nursery specimen, proper timing and techniques, aftercare, pruning, and offer tips from his years of experience. Bring your questions and join the conversation.

Thursday, April 26, 2018