Past Events

Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson
Friday, March 2, 2018

Stories About Seeds
Presented by Tim Johnson, Director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College,  and former Head of Preservation at Seed Savers Exchange.
7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room - Free and open to the public

Join us for a journey through time as we explore the evolution of seeds and the emergence of the angiosperm (“vessel seeded”) plant lineage. These flowering plants arose some 125 million years ago. Learn about how the humble skill of seed saving changed the course of human history and about the current work being done to preserve both biodiversity and cultural identities in seed banks.

volunteers with group
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The next three day Volunteer Training Session will be held from 9:00am – 4:00 pm on January 18 and 19 and January 20, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2018. Registration is required. Fill out an application today!

Training includes a history of the botanic garden; tours of greenhouses; some basic botany and horticulture; commercial, medicinal and food plants of the Botanic Garden and how to guide visitors and school groups.

orange and purple chrysanthemums
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 7
12 noon to 4:00 pm
Lyman Plant House

Visit the dazzling Fall Chrysanthemum Show, take a  guided tour of different habitats around the world in the Lyman Conservatory!
Information will be available about bringing your classes for guided tours and how to schedule class visits and tours.

Friday, November 3, 2017

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.

Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 12:00 pm - Lyman PLant House

The Botanic Garden's new director, Tim Johnson, will be available from 12:00 to 1:00 pm to meet with visitors.

Japanese Garden stone lantern and rock basin
Friday, October 13, 2017

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.

_Ficus carica_, fig
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Arbor Day Lecture by Richard Higgins

Friday April 28, 12:00 noon - Campus Center Room 103/104 - lunch provided for the first 30 people

Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. When he wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own “shadow in the air,” he was speaking about himself.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Music in the Noon Hour

12:30 pm, Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Musical tributes to some of the champion-sized trees and other remarkable and historic tree specimens that grace the Smith College Campus Arboretum — now recognized as an accredited arboretum and as a Tree Campus USA.

Bunchberry dogwood flowers
Friday, March 3, 2017

Botanical Explosions: The Evolutionary Impact of Ultra-fast Plants by Joan Edwards

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

This lecture explores ultra-fast plant movements through high-speed video.

Joan Edwards is a botanist whose research focus is plant-animal interactions. She is Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Williams College.