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February 15, 2006


Hans van Waardenburg to Give Opening Lecture

Editor’s note: High-res digital images of the bulb show are available. For the photos, e-mail Marti Hobbes at

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—To celebrate the changing season, Hans van Waardenburg will give a lecture, titled “Flowerbulbs and What They Can Do in Any Community,” opening the Spring Bulb Show at Smith College. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the Carroll Room of the Campus Center. It will be followed by a reception and preview of the bulb show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. The talk, reception and bulb show are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Van Waardenburg is the owner of B&K Flowerbulbs, a family-owned and operated Dutch company. Founded in 1894, B&K Flowerbulbs currently sells over 200 million bulbs in the United States. Van Waardenburg contributed to the New York Daffodil Project, begun after September 11, 2001, by donating more than 3 million daffodils to beautify the city.

The Spring Bulb Show in Lyman Conservatory will be open daily to the public  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a suggested donation of $1, from Saturday, March 4, through Sunday, March 19. Special evening hours will be held on Fridays, March 10 and 17. Special evening hours will be held on Fridays, March 10 and 17. In addition, a live Web cam will allow viewings of the show’s preparations. It will run for the duration of the show and can be accessed at

Smith’s annual bulb show is a long-standing tradition of the college’s Botanic Garden. The simultaneous bloom of some 5,000 forced bulbs begins in October when Smith horticulture students put them in cold storage. In January, the bulbs are transferred to the greenhouses where they await the March show in a temperature-controlled setting.

The Botanic Garden is open to the public free of charge (although donations are always appreciated) and is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on College Lane for the two weeks of the show. For more information, call the Botanic Garden at (413) 585-2740 or visit the Web site at

Office of College Relations
Smith College
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Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Marti Hobbes
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