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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Smith College COVID-19 Information

In following the college's policy in response to COVID-19, All college buildings—including academic buildings and residential houses and the The Lyman Plant House and Conservatory —are now closed to the public until further notice.

Monday, March 23, 2020 to Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Spring 2020 Smith Alumnae Quarterly front page
Smith Alum on Citizen Scientists

Smith alum and Botanic Garden Friends Advisory Committee member, Mary Ellen Hannibal '81, sounds the alarm on species loss and on the importance of citizen scientists. "Citizen scientists - that's you and me - can start by sharing what we observe in our own backyards".
See her article on page 20, in the special edition of the Spring 2020 Alumnae Quarterly magazine.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020 to Friday, May 8, 2020
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 Tuesday, June 30, 2020