The mission of the Botanic Garden of Smith College is to foster education about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom through the use of outdoor and conservatory plant collections, gardens, displays, and exhibitions, and to preserve and maintain the historic Olmsted campus landscape.

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Yoko Kawai
Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture 2019

Space for Well-being: Japanese Spatial Concepts in Gardens and Architecture by Yoko Kawai

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room
Followed by a reception and preview of the Chrysanthemum Show in the Lyman Plant House and Conservatory
Free and open to the public

Why do we feel contemplative in Japanese gardens and architecture? Can our physical environment foster our mindfulness and well-being? Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, discusses the mind-body-space relationship found in Japanese gardens and architecture that is instrumental to mindfulness.

Friday, November 1, 2019
pink spider mum
Fall Chrysanthemum Show

Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College.

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Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance.
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Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
The suggested donation is $5.00

Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019
The Art and Science of Dyeing, image of cloth samples colored using different natural dyes
The Art and Science of Dyeing

Now on exhibit!
Explore the fascinating world of natural dyes. Hanging textiles of silk, wool, and linen showcase the beautiful range of colors possible when dyeing with plants, while accompanying interpretation explains the science behind the process.

 

 

Monday, September 23, 2019 to Sunday, May 24, 2020