The mission of the Botanic Garden of Smith College is to foster education about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom through the use of outdoor and conservatory plant collections, gardens, displays, and exhibitions, and to preserve and maintain the historic Olmsted campus landscape.

News & Announcements

Common hollyhock
Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants

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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Etchings by Ruth Wilson Sutro '46

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.

Friday, November 3, 2017 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Dawn redwood
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

Extinction is a natural process and over millions of years, innumerable species and countless trees have gone extinct. However, today, human driven processes such as overexploitation, habitat loss and climate change are accelerating the rates of extinction for many species, including trees. Currently, 10% of all tree species are threatened with extinction.
Learn what's being done to help trees, and what you can do to make a difference.

Friday, March 2, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018