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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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
_Ficus carica_, fig
Gallery Talk: Plants of Pompeii With Artist Victoria I

Tuesday October 3, 12 noon and 7:00 pm
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

In this gallery talk, Victoria I discusses her experiences working with Wilhelmina Jashemski as well as the process of creating the illustrations, working with botanist Frederick Meyer at the U. S. National Arboretum and botanist Massimo Riccardi in Naples.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Japanese Garden stone lantern and rock basin
Re-dedication of the Japanese Garden

Friday, October 13, 4:00 pm
Ceremony at the Japanese Garden for Reflection and Contemplation

First designed in 1986, this garden has gone through many changes over the past 30 years. In its latest incarnation, the garden has been re-envisioned by Japanese garden consultant John Powell. It has been restored, while still respecting the original intent.

Friday, October 13, 2017