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Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture
Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30 pm - Seelye Hall 106

The Lost Wilderness; Rediscovering William Francis Ganong's New Brunswick
by Nicholas Guitard

Photo of Mt. Carlton by Nicholas Guitard

Acclaimed photographer and naturalist Nicholas Guitard retraces the journeys of William Francis Ganong (the first director of the Smith College Botanic Garden) who mapped, photographed and documented the physical geography of the New Brunswick wilderness.

A reception at the Lyman Plant House and preview of the Fall Chrysanthemum Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory will follow.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show

November 5 - 20, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Mural 3 Rise of a Land Flora
Permanent Exhibit:
Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution

In December 2015, the Botanic Garden proudly unveiled a 60-foot mural, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. While there are numerous depictions of animal evolution, until now there has been no mural devoted specifically to the evolution of plants. Seeing this opportunity, the Botanic Garden stepped in to commission a mural and fill the void.
The stunning paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans. With a specialty in natural history, ethnography, and history, his work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria. This is his first installation at a botanical garden.

The eight panels are located along the corridor from the Exhibition Gallery to the Palm House.

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