Botanic Garden News, Spring 2000

  Friends Indeed
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Photo of Campus School children in the Conservatory
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     "Landscape painting, not withstanding the multiplication of its productions by engravings, and by the recent improvements in lithography, is still productive of a less powerful effect than that excited in minds susceptible of natural beauty by the immediate aspect of groups of exotic plants in hot-houses or in gardens. I have already alluded to the subject of my own youthful experience, and mentioned that the sight of a colossal dragon-tree and of a fan palm in an old tower of the botanical garden at Berlin implanted in my mind the seeds of an irresistible desire to undertake distant travels. He who is able to trace through the whole course of his impressions that which gave the first leading directions to his whole career, will not deny the influence of such a power."

From Cosmos 1851, by Alexander Von Humbolt, Explorer, Scientist, Father of Phytogeography

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     With the Smith Campaign well under way, we felt the Friends would enjoy an update of how the Botanic Garden, in a campaign for the first time in ages, is faring. What is becoming clear is that the reasons alumnae cite for giving are as diverse as the reasons people mention for visiting our gardens. Some visitors come to marvel at a particular orchid or rock garden plant, or to collect DNA samples or cuttings for propagation. Some come to create art with camera, paintbox, or pen. Teachers from the surrounding schools may bring their young flocks to visit the tropics while January winds rage outside. Others are aficionados of greenhouse architecture, and our amazing maze of glass never fails to delight them.
     The Friends of the Botanic Garden are the best informed and most invested group of alumnae and supporters that understands our mission and activities. Not only do they endow us through yearly and special donations, but they continue to draw in other Smith alumnae through the networking they do at reunion events and Smith Club meetings.
     Two alumnae have responded in a manner that will help to ensure the plant sciences will thrive and grow at Smith College.
     Ann Hubbard '55 has always had an appreciation for old buildings. "My husband and I have been active members of the New York Botanical Garden since the sixties, and after our experience with the restoration of that facility while he was on the Board, I became even more aware of the need to preserve the Lord and Burnham structure at Smith. It's a gem that graces the campus and serves an important academic function.
     "I love to see the proper restoration of good old
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