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Friends of the Botanic Garden
of Smith College
twice a year.

The Botanic Garden of Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

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Partners). The document outlines a comprehensive renovation of our extraordinary turn of the century, Lord & Burnham glasshouse. The work will not alter the architecture of our glorious historic treasure but will restore its ailing structure and modernize its facilities for improved maintenance of collections and enhanced research and teaching. Planning for the restoration has begun, and we look forward to keeping you up to date on the progress of this exciting and ambitious project.
spacerSince the development of the Landscape Master Plan and Conservatory Restoration Plan, it was clear that we needed to address outreach education, to create an Education Master Plan. A competitive grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust will fund development of an Education Master Plan over the next year. The goal is to address what kind of outreach educational programs are appropriate to the Garden mission, in the context of its primary academic service role, and to make specific programmatic and implementation recommendations. The Education Master Plan is currently under development by Garden staff, particularly our Education Coordinator, with input and advice from all Garden advisory and governing groups.
spacerAs director, I see the Botanic Garden of Smith College as a window that opens onto the wider world of the international network of botanic gardens and arboreta for our students, faculty, alumnae, and friends. I believe my role is to work to keep that window wide open, and to point students, visitors, and all who will listen, toward that window and its living green world. As one example, in the fall of 1997 I was very fortunate to have received the support of the College and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University to spend five weeks in China collecting plants for the Conservatory and research collections. It was an extraordinary opportunity not only to collect over 150 rare and interesting plants for the Garden, but to meet colleagues in China and discuss possibilities for future exchanges of plants, people, and collaborative work across the ocean.
spacerThe Botanic Garden could achieve none of our exciting work without the exceptional support and involvement of all of our friends and generous supporters. We look forward to publishing an acknowledgment of all of your contributions in the Autumn 1998 issue of Botanic Garden News. In the meanwhile, I always enjoy hearing from you whenever you can be in touch.

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Conservatory Manager
Gardens Supervisor
Administrative Asst.
Education Coordinator
Interim Curatorial Asst.
Greenhouse Technicians
Arboretum Staff
Kim E. Tripp
Robert Nicholson
William Belden
Maryjane Beach
Madelaine Zadik
Lissa Harris
Susan Schaffner
Steve Sojkowski
Tracey Warton
Jeff Rankin
Boris Basora
Manuel Santos
John Berryhill
Dave Culver
Tom Gingras
David Trott

Friends of the Botanic Garden of Smith College Advisory Committee:

Noriko Sato '88, Co-Chair
Rebecca D. Truelove '91, Co-Chair
Lisa Morrison Baird '76
Sarah Szold Boasberg '58
Sarah K. Chase '90
Paula V. Cortes '70
Alex Metaksa Daugherty '86
Nancy Watkins Denig '68
Sydney Webber Eddison '54
Pamela Sheeley Niner '63
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44
Constance Parks '83
Catha Grace Rambusch '58
Shavaun Towers '71

Ex Officio:
Ruth J. Simmons, President of Smith College
Susan Komroff Cohen '62
Paula Deitz '59
Rosemary Wilcox Dickerson '51
      Chair, Board of Counselors

Botanic Garden News
Editor: Madelaine Zadik
Editorial Assistant: Constance Parks

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