Friends of the Botanic Garden Leadership Council

The Friends of the Botanic Garden Leadership Council amplifies the impact of the botanic garden through service, advocacy, networking, and philanthropy, and serves as a thought partner for the botanic garden director. The Leadership Council's primary areas of focus include:

  • Developing a strong, informed team of alums able to advocate on behalf of the botanic garden, both within and beyond the Smith community,
  • Creating opportunities for alums to engage with the botanic garden and experience its beauty, engagement of students, collaboration with other campus programs, contributions to plant conservation, and other aspects of its role as a college garden, and
  • Growing membership in the Friends of the Botanic Garden and the botanic garden's capacity to raise needed funds. 


Betsy Anderson '04 (Alumnae Outreach Subcommittee Chair)

Syretha Brooks '08

Susan Goodall '83 (Development Board Subcommittee Chair)

Mary Ellen Hannibal '81

Shirley Mah Kooyman '73

Elizabeth McCarthy '06

Kathryn Rodgers '70

Sue Ann Schiff '69 (Chair)

Ex Officio:

Susan Komroff Cohen '62 (co-founder) 

Paula Deitz '59 (co-founder)

Lynden Breed Miller '60

Shavaun Towers '71

I have come to enjoy and respect the work of the botanic garden more every year. The outdoor gardens are lovely and substantive. The Lyman Conservatory is packed with interesting plants and the shows each spring and fall are spectacular. The staff is wonderful. It is the ideal, small botanic garden packed with opportunities to learn about horticulture, and it's beautiful, too. 


Lynden Breed Miller '60