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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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
Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture

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

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

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
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