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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Eric Toensmeier
Bulb Show Opening Lecture 2020

Climate Change, Food, and Landscapes

by Eric Toensmeier

Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room
Followed by a reception and Bulb Show preview at the Lyman Plant House
Free and open to the public

What we eat, how we manage our landscapes, and how our food is grown have a huge impact on climate change. In fact the food system is responsible for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions – yet it also offers great promise as part of the solution. This presentation will introduce practical steps you can take at many levels: in your garden, in your kitchen, and the farms and ecosystems in your community. 

Friday, March 6, 2020
spring tulips
Spring Bulb Show 2020

Saturday March 7 - Sunday, March 22, 2020
HOURS
: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday extended hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
A spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips  provide an early glimpse of spring.
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Groups of 10 or more visiting the show must schedule in advance.
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Saturday, March 7, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 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