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

New Volunteer Training

The next three day Volunteer Training Session will be held from 9:00am – 4:00 pm on January 17, 18 and 19, 2018. Registration is required. Fill out an application today!

Training includes a history of the botanic garden; tours of greenhouses; some basic botany and horticulture; commercial, medicinal and food plants of the Botanic Garden and how to guide visitors and school groups.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018
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 22, 2017
Etchings by Ruth Wilson Sutro '46

Ruth B. Wilson ’46 majored in English literature and took as much studio art as was then allowed. Her time spent in the Botanic Garden ignited a love of plants and flowers that continues to this day. Some twenty years after her time at Smith, Ruth Wilson Sutro began studying etching. For her, the etchings presented in this display bring back the memory of those afternoons at Smith when the greenhouses were a welcome source of entertainment and wonder.

Friday, November 3, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017