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November 3, 2011


Opening Lecture to Feature 'A Garden Writer's Journey' by Smith Alumna Paula Deitz '59

mum showNORTHAMPTON, MA—With the fall color behind us, area residents and the Smith community can enjoy a riot of color indoors in the Lyman Conservatory of Smith College. The annual Chrysanthemum Show is on view daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Saturday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 20. It is free and open to the public. Special evening hours take place Fridays, Nov. 11 and 18, 6-8 p.m.

To kick off this year’s show, Smith alumna Paula Deitz ‘59 will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, titled “A Garden Writer’s Journey” in celebration of her new book, “Of Gardens: Selected Essays.” The talk, which will take place in the Carroll Room, Campus Center, is free and open to the public. Deitz, editor of The Hudson Review and cofounder of the Friends of the Botanic Garden, has delighted readers for more than 30 years with her vivid descriptions of both famous and hidden landscapes. The essays in “Of Gardens” record her great adventure of continual discovery, not only of the artful beauty of individual gardens but also of the intellectual and historical threads that weave them into patterns of civilization. Following the lecture is a book signing, reception and a preview of the Chrysanthemum Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. Refreshments will be served.

Also opening Nov. 5 is the exhibit, “Shaping Plants: Fruits, Shoots, and Roots,” in the the Church Exhibition Gallery of the Lyman Conservatory. The exhibit features Dan Ladd's collaborations with nature. Ladd has long been fascinated with the adaptability of plants. His work grafting trees into whimsical structures and molding gourds into sculptures reflects his fascination with and respect for the plants themselves. In his words, “The reciprocity in working with nature, influencing the direction and future of growth, is unique. There is definite give and take and reaction and response.” Ladd hopes that, through his work, others will share his wonder and excitement at this way in which we can interact with the natural world. The exhibit will remain on view through February 24, 2012. A reception and gallery talk with the artist will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., during which time the Chrysanthemum Show will be illuminated in the Lyman Conservatory. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be a chrysanthemum poetry reading by students of Chinese literature on Saturday Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Church Exhibition Gallery. Chrysanthemum tea will be served.

There is a suggested donation of $2.00. The Botanic Garden is wheelchair accessible and parking is available on College Lane for the two weeks of the the Chrysanthemum Show. For more information on the show and other events, contact the Botanic Garden at (413) 585-2740 or visit the Web site at

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