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October 20, 2006


Smith Art Students to Display Sculptural Portraits Among the Flowers

Editor's note: For a 300-dpi image of the mum show, e-mail Marti Hobbes. To view preparations for the show, flip through a photo gallery.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—As fall colors fade outdoors, a riot of color is unfurling indoors at Smith’s annual chrysanthemum show, which features spectacular arrangements of exotic standard mums, Japanese-style cascades and multi-colored hybrids. A popular college and community tradition since the early 1900s, this year’s show will include a display of sculptural portraits by Smith art students.

The exhibit, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will run from Saturday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 19. Parking is available on College Lane during the show.

Kicking off this year’s show will be a lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, in Seelye 106, titled “Captivating Gardens in Our Continental Backyard; Visual Memoirs of an Addicted Photographer.” Robert E. Lyons, director of Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture and an award-winning photographer, will present a slide show of garden treasures he’s come across within the continental United States and Canada. Following the lecture, there will be a reception and preview of the chrysanthemum show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory.

All events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call the Botanic Garden at (413) 585-2740 or visit

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