Past Exhibits

Friday, March 6, 2009 to Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Richly colored graphic panels tell the story of this beautiful and enigmatic flower, which ultimately becomes the object of obsession in 17th century Europe.

Chrysanthemum Show 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008 to Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Fall Chrysanthemum Show provided the theme for this exhibit showcasing Japanese kimonos and obis, volunteer and staff artwork, the Chrysanthemums Hall of Fame, and student artwork from the exhibit: Chrysanthemums: Lithographs and Monotypes.

banana flowering stalk
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 to Monday, June 30, 2008

This exhibition explores the diversity of bananas, and who uses them and for what. It also shows how research can help us use this diversity to increase options for both small-scale farmers in the developing world and consumers in industrialized countries.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 to Sunday, March 23, 2008

Exhibition by Smith Art Students and Professor Dwight Pogue

Students followed the development of chrysanthemums in the Lyman Conservatory from the beginning of the semester in September through the Chrysanthemum Show in November.

Saturday, March 3, 2007 to Friday, December 21, 2007

The World in a Garden exhibit explores ways in which botanic gardens since the early Renaissance have endeavored to represent our increasing awareness of the plant life of other continents and climatic regions.

Sunday, October 1, 2006 to Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Travels of Elizabeth K. Roys

As a student of Botany at Smith College, Elizabeth K. Roys toured Asia with her mother in 1926-27, exploring gardens in China, Japan, Korea, Siam, and India. She kept detailed records and compiled her observations in a collection of five notebooks. These notebooks constitute a unique historical chronicle, providing an irreplaceable firsthand account of Asian gardens in the early twentieth century.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 to Thursday, December 15, 2005

A History of Flower Pots and Garden Containers in North America

The first exhibition devoted to the evolution of the common flower pot!
A special flower pot designed in 1995 by Guy Wolff for the centennial celebration of the Botanic Garden of Smith College is a part of the display.

Saturday, April 30, 2005 to Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A Smith College Alumnae Exhibit

Smith is the first liberal arts college in the country to launch a program in landscape studies. In 2002, the Mellon Foundation funded the first faculty hire. This exhibition has been organized to celebrate the new Landscape Studies Program and to recognize the contributions of alumnae in landscape architecture and garden design.

Saturday, March 6, 2004 to Sunday, June 13, 2004

Photographs of the Botanic Garden by neighboring Northampton resident and photographer, Judy B. Messer.

Saturday, November 1, 2003 to Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Smith Chrysanthemums: Hybrid Alums is a photographic exhibition of Smith alumnae and their hybrid chrysanthemums.