Five College and Beyond

The Botanic Garden's plant collections and exhibitions serve as an excellent resource for higher education classes. The outdoor gardens and conservatory collections can serve as living laboratory and museum. Visiting classes have the opportunity to study plants native to New England and other ecosystems around the world. We offer guided tours, which can be tailored to the course curriculum or you may tour students yourself. We can help you develop appropriate activities for your class.

Tours and Visits

All group visits to the Botanic Garden must be arranged in advance to avoid conflicts with previously scheduled groups. We want to ensure that you have a great visit!

Requests are handled on a first come, first served basis, and are processed M-F, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Tours or visits can be arranged through the following:

More information is available:

I have been bringing my students to the Smith College Botanic Garden for nearly forty years. These resources have enriched my teaching immeasurably. In an instant, I am able to whisk my students to such places as a desert, a tropical rain forest, or a temperate biome. 


Charles B. Redington, Ph.D., former professor of biology and environmental science at Springfield College