2020 Virtual Chrysanthemum Show

Saturday, November 7, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020
Lyman Conservatory

A fall tradition dating back over 100 years, the annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show goes virtual this year!

Check back regularly to see the offerings and, once the show opens, to vote on your favorite student hybrid.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS have been captivating the imaginations of gardeners around the world for over 2500 years. Let ours inspire you.

It takes months to train exhibition mums… see it unfold in under 90 seconds! The Mums are coming!
The Mums Are Coming Video image

A brief history and overview of the Botanic Garden of Smith College's annual Chrysanthemum Show, which has been a Smith College tradition for over 100 years. The Mum Show; Tradition and History
Mum Show History and Tradition Video image

Connecting Human and Natural Worlds, is an exhibit by students in Professor Sujane Wu’s EAL 231 The Culture of the Lyric in Traditional China course. The exhibit consists of student produced videos featuring analysis and readings of selected poems from the Dream of the Red Chamber, composed by Cao Xuegin. 

Each year, students in Horticulture: Botany for Gardeners demonstrate their understanding of plant anatomy and physiology by breeding their very own hybrid chrysanthemums. These one-of-a-kind creations are then exhibited for Mum Show attendees to vote on with the winning hybrid joining the Chrysanthemum Hall of Fame.
See the full exhibit: Smith Chrysanthemums: Hybrid Alums
 Smith Chrysanthemums; Hybrid Alums image

Explore the Mum Hall of Fame!
 Hybrid Alums

This year's virtual show features over 100 student-bred mums and a bracket-style voting contest to select this year’s Hall of Fame winner. There are 7 rounds of voting, each round of voting will be open for two days. Voting starts Saturday November 7th at 7:00 AM Eastern time. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for reminders to vote.
It's easy to vote: Visit the Voting Bracket - Click on "Click HERE to Vote!" and sign in - Come back to vote when the next round of voting opens.
Voting instructions graphic