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For over 100 years, the Lyman Conservatory of the Smith College Botanic Garden has been bringing the plants of the world to New England, and offering the plants of New England to the world.

Lyman Conservatory, 1899
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The Conservatory houses over 2500 species of plants selected from a wide variety of families and habitats, and comprises one of the best collections of tropical, subtropical, and desert plants in the country.
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Students at work
in the 1960s.

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The Lyman Conservatory is one of the few remaining plant conservatories in the United States that was built in the nineteenth century. With its core greenhouses dating from 1895, the Conservatory has served a number of functions over its century of service. Primarily it houses a diverse collection of plants for the instruction of Smith students in the plant sciences: botany, horticulture, plant physiology, ecology, systematics, and pharmacognosy. Available to researchers and horticulturists domestically and internationally, the collections have also supplied plant material to those working on cures for cancer and AIDS, researchers doing broad-scale screening of plants for new pharmaceuticals, geneticists seeking to unravel the patterns of evolution in plants, and gardeners who seek to beautify our world.

Artists are welcome to sketch in the conservatory. Please call ahead to schedule your visit, and see the visitor information page for further instructions and visitor rules.
Audio tours of the Lyman Conservatory are available for $1.00 per person. It is free for Friends of the Botanic Garden (bring your membership card) and members of the Smith College community (with a Smith ID). All children using wands must be accompanied by an adult. The audio tour is also free on your smart phone with the use of a QR code reader; a free dowloadable app.

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