2020 Impact Report

Our work is made possible by past and current donors, supporters, and volunteers, and by members of our Friends Advisory Committee.
Your Impact Impact Report FY 2020 7/1/19 – 6/30/20 The Botanic Garden of Smith College: image of student, McKenzie Swart, AC '21, Biology major, Landscape Studies minor,  working in the greenhouse $1.36M 36% of our budget comes from you! Endowment returns are down 0.9% Gifts/memberships up 17.7% Donation Box down 61.3% Merchandise sales down 54.2% Global Network: We are part of a global network of gardens and arboreta We shared seeds with seven countries  Flourishing Collection: 8159+ plants representing 6238 unique accessions 350 new taxa added to the collection in FY20 “As a Biology majpor, ecology constitutes an important part of my curriculum. My work study at the Botanic Garden enaled me to come into close contact with various types fo plants and further put into practice the concept=s I have studied in the classroom.” see how students in Anthropology 200/300 used the Botanic Garden to learn about field methods while addressing pressing social justice issues. Watch video at: youtu.be/yyFRamTit9kPhoto of, left to right, Elaine Chittenden, Collections Manager, John Berryhill, Landscape Curator, and Sophie Argetsinger ’07, UMass graduate student and former Botanic Garden intern. One in five plant species are threatened with extinction. To address this crisis and prepare the next generation of conservation biologists, Botanic Garden staff completed Native Plant Trust’s Plant Conservation Volunteer program training and began searching for, surveying, and collecting seeds of New England’s rare and threatened plants. These new credentials allow staff to bring students into the front lines of conservation field work.