Plan your Visit

There is much to see at the Botanic Garden. Between the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens, you can spend many hours exploring.

Accessibility

There is one designated handicapped parking space in front of the Lyman Plant House. We have two accessible entrances and wheelchair accessible bathrooms. There is a lift in the front of the building that goes between the lower level Church Exhibition Gallery and the Reception area. All but one of the greenhouses (the Fern House) are accessible. Routes for going through the Lyman Conservatory and avoiding stairs are shown on our accessibility floor plan. Around campus, most of the paths are paved, with a few exceptions. At Capen Garden there are gravel paths.

Audio Tours

Tour the Lyman Conservatory on your own with our audio tour. You can rent an audio tour wand at the reception desk ($1) or use your smart phone to read the QR codes for the tours. Pick up a paper guide at the desk.

Food

The Campus Center Café is the closest place to grab a bite to eat. During the summer and school breaks, they often have reduced hours, so it is best to check and make sure they are open when you are visiting.

Thanks for visiting!

The Botanic Garden is a college campus and a living museum, different from a park or recreation area. We are recognized for our diverse collection, which includes fragile, rare, and endangered plants. For everyone's enjoyment, for your safetly, and for the protection of the plants, we ask:

  • Minors must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • View and enjoy, but do not pick anything.
  • Stay on paths and out of planting beds, and do not climb trees.
  • Use caution on wet walkways and watch out for water hoses.
  • Conditions in the greenhouses may be hot and humid, and bees may be present. Please be aware if this poses a risk to your health.
  • Do not touch the plants; many may cause allergic reactions.
  • Do not eat plants or fruits; many are poisonous.
  • Supervise chidren carefully; no running or shouting, please.
  • No strollers or backpacks in the Lyman Conservatory.
  • No pets in the Lyman Conservatory or in the Happy Chace ’28 Garden, the Rock Garden, the Systematics Garden, or Capen Garden. In other areas of campus dogs must be leashed. Please clean up after your dog, as per City of Northampton ordinance.
  • No picnicking in the Systematics Garden, Rock Garden, Capen Garden, Happy Chace ’28 Garden, or Japanese Garden.
  • Enjoy the quiet and do not disturb the relaxing nature of the Garden.
Plan your Visit

Smith College, my alma mater, has a vibrant and lush botanical garden that attracts people from all around the world. . . . It's an extraordinary garden that’s teaming with plant life.

 

Dorian Rogers Winslow, Smith Class of 1978