News & Announcements

Saturday, March 24, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018

Members ONLY:
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Please bring your membership card.

General Public:
Saturday, March 24, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 25, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Please bring flats or cardboard trays for your purchases.

Dawn redwood
Saturday, March 3, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018

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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday April 26 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on the Smith College campus.
Location to be determined. Check this page the week before.

Join John Berryhill, Landscape Curator and a Certified Arborist, for a tree planting demonstration. Learn about the stresses and challenges facing transplanted trees. John will discuss selection of a good nursery specimen, proper timing and techniques, aftercare, pruning, and offer tips from his years of experience. Bring your questions and join the conversation.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Nature's Temples: Understanding and Honoring Old-growth Forests
by Joan Maloof
7:00 pm in the Smith Conference Center Oak Room

What do you know about the forest cover of the planet, and of Massachusetts specifically? Are we gaining forest land or losing forest land? Are there any untouched forests left? If so, where could you experience one? Why are ancient forests so important and how can we preserve the ones that are left? In this Arbor Day talk we will turn our attention to the silent plants and animals who cannot speak for themselves. We will take some time to connect with our forest heritage and imagine a greener future.

lettuce growing in rows in a field
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lyman Conservatory

This exhibit, curated by June Ahn ’18, aims to explore the humble beginnings of what is now a ubiquitous salad green.
Although once weedy and quite bitter, the lettuce of today grows worldwide and in many different forms, including romaine, butterhead, stem, and curled. The Lactuceae tribe includes more than 1,550 species, and efforts to identify where cultivated lettuce originated continues today.
 June is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in landscape studies, with a focus in plants. She has worked at the Smith Botanic Garden since her sophomore year as an outdoor garden assistant, curatorial intern, and GIS liaison.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lyman Plant House

On exhibit are the final projects for Green Italian (ITL 235), an intermediate Italian conversation course taught by Bruno Grazioli and held at the Lyman Plant House. Through this class supported by the Botanic Garden’s Curricular Enhancement program, students acquire Italian vocabulary on botany and to use these terms actively during class to describe plants, flowers, and the landscape. Other aims of the course are to help build students’ sense of the rich Italian biodiversity.

Students are presenting and explaining their creations at the last class meeting of the semester on April 27 at 9:00 am, Lyman Plant House. Presentations will be in Italian.

College Hall elm tree
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Music in the Noon Hour 

2:30 PM, Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Mary Hubbell, soprano; Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano.
Songs and piano pieces by Schumann, Liszt, Brown, Joplin and more. Featuring the premiere performance of a new song by Gregory W. Brown, dedicated to the College Hall American elm, with text by Naila Moreira.
Co-sponsored by the Smith College Music Department.

pink spider mum
Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018

Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, November 18, 2018
Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College.
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Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance.
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Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
The suggested donation is $5.00

spring tulips
Saturday, March 2, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019

HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday extended hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
A spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips  provide an early glimpse of spring.
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Groups of 10 or more visiting the show must schedule in advance.
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