Past Exhibits

Common hollyhock
Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Extended through January 2018!

Botanical illustrations created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii. Come explore the varied ways both ancient Romans and modern Pompeians have used these plants.

Friday, November 3, 2017 to Monday, January 29, 2018

Extended through January 2018!!

Ruth B. Wilson ’46 majored in English literature and took as much studio art as was then allowed. Her time spent in the Botanic Garden ignited a love of plants and flowers that continues to this day. Some twenty years after her time at Smith, Ruth Wilson Sutro began studying etching. For her, the etchings presented in this display bring back the memory of those afternoons at Smith when the greenhouses were a welcome source of entertainment and wonder.

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Commencement & Reunion Exhibition
A live display in the Physiology House of some of the plants that are featured in the gallery exhibition, Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants. Come and immerse yourself in the scents and greenery of botanical Pompeii.

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.

Monday, September 16, 2013 to Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maize is the largest production crop in the world and plays a central role in all of United States agriculture and food production. Explore the science of maize, one of the most significant crops to humankind for thousands of years, and why it continues to surprise us today.

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.

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