Past Exhibits

Monday, May 2, 2016 to Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Earth's diverse environments create many challenges for plant survival, and plants have evolved adaptations that allow them to thrive under hostile conditions. This exhibit explores these diverse adaptations, from clinging to rock cliffs to eating other plants.

Gardenia species flower
Sunday, May 1, 2016 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Scent is an integral part of communities from around the world, from incense used in prayer to fragrant flowers offered as a sign of love....

Alethopteris fossils
Thursday, December 3, 2015 to Sunday, April 3, 2016

Take a journey, back through time, to the beginnings of plant life on Earth with this display of plant fossils, plant reconstruction drawings, and informational panels relating to significant events in the Earth’s timeline.

Places for the Spirit
Friday, March 6, 2015 to Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For twenty years, photographer Vaughn Sills collected images of a gardening style that, despite its long history, is unknown to most horticulturists and is disappearing quickly.

Odontoglossum nobile orchid
Friday, April 11, 2014 to Saturday, January 31, 2015

British botanical illustrator and author, Florence Woolward (1854-1936) was commissioned by the Marquis of Lothian to paint his orchid collection, one of the most extensive orchid collections in the 19th century.

Friday, March 1, 2013 to Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A display of contemporary poetry inspired by the beauty of nature, selected by student interns at the Smith College Poetry Center, Janan Scott '13 and Liliana Farrel '13. Poets represented in the exhibit include Li-Young Lee, Jean Valentine, and Louise Glück.

Kale print
Saturday, October 20, 2012 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nature Printing is a method of applying ink or dye to an object and imprinting its image onto paper, cloth, clay, or other surfaces. The process captures the detail and appeal of an insect, fish, feather, shell, rock, plant or the human body. Botanical printing specifically uses plants.

Molded gourd
Saturday, November 5, 2011 to Friday, February 24, 2012

Artist Dan Ladd has long been fascinated with the adaptability of plants. His work grafting trees into whimsical structures and molding gourds and roots into sculptures reflects both a fascination with and respect for the plants.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

All around us a world of diverse microbial life abounds. A variety of microorganisms is associated with the plant kingdom. Hence, the collection of plants growing in varying conditions in the Lyman Conservatory provides an exciting opportunity for students to discover and study a wide range of organisms.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

An exhibit that brings together art, science and education from exhibits of Smith College student projects and classes.