Past Events

Monday, March 7, 2022 to Friday, March 18, 2022

UPDATE: The limited-access 2022 Bulb Show is now full.  
If you were unable to register for the show, please be sure to tune in through our social media channels (Facebook and Instagram), the live view of the show on our website, and through our e-newsletter.

In order to limit crowds due to the current health situation, the general public (including Friends of the Botanic Garden) were required to register in advance to access Lyman Conservatory during the 2022 Bulb Show. This year’s show will be open to those who registered and Members of the Smith College community with approved Smith College OneCard designations during the week of March 7-11 and the week of March 14-18, 9am to 4pm.  Walk-ins will not be allowed this year. 

Portrait of John Berryhill, the Landscape curator of the Botanic Garden of Smith College
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Putting Botanic Garden Collections to Work as Tools for Social and Environmental Justice

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022, 4:15 pm ET
Location: Online

Zoom | Pre-registration required:  https://bit.ly/bulb-show-lecture-2022

Join us for a virtual talk by Landscape Curator John Berryhill; an exploration of the complex urgent problems that botanic gardens are uniquely situated to address and how Smith College is working to bring desperately needed new voices to this work.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
5:00 to 6:00 pm - Online, Registration Link
Once you register, take a minute to tell us... what's your favorite local coffee shop? Your response will be compiled and sent back out to help guide your next caffeinated adventure.

The Science and Culture of Coffee by Dr. Sarada Krishnan

Coffee is an important agricultural commodity contributing significantly to the economies of many developing countries. Of the 124 species of Coffea, the two main commercial species used in the production of the beverage are C. arabica (Arabica coffee) and C. canephora (robusta coffee). Arabica coffee accounts for about 60% of the total coffee production. Sarada will talk about the botany and production of coffee and the research she has been involved in.

Dr. Sarada Krishnan is Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens where she is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture displays and collections, and for developing and leading global projects. Sarada also serves as the Executive Director of International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA). The mission of IWCA is to empower women along the entire coffee supply chain through programs and partnerships in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives.

Maroon colored chrysanthemum flower
Saturday, November 6, 2021 to Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the Lyman Plant House and Conservatory will be closed to the general public during the 2021 Fall Chrysanthemum Show, November 6 - 24.

The show will only be open for in-person visits to:

  • Members of the Smith College community who are in the Covid-19 campus-wide testing program (students, faculty and staff). Please note: a OneCard is required for entry. 
  • Members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden. Friends  Members must register in advance.

You can find the full schedule and more information on our Visit webpage.

While we cannot share the 2021 Fall Chrysanthemum Show with the general public this year, we are committed to bringing the show to you virtually.
You can engage with the show through thelivestream on our website and through our social media channels.
On YouTubeFacebook and Instagram, we will be sharing current and archival photos and videos, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the show. We invite you to follow along!

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021 to Sunday, March 21, 2021

An early glimpse of spring, the annual Bulb Show is a much anticipated spring tradition! Thousands of bulbs from all over the world are coaxed into simultaneous bloom inside the Lyman Conservatory.

Stay tuned for a virtual feast for the eyes!

The show goes live Saturday, March 6. Bulb Show Live Stream
Bulb Show Livestream image

Portrait of Dr. Desiree Narango
Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Birds, the Bees the Flowers and the Trees: Why native plants matter for wildlife conservation 

Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 pm ET
Zoom | Pre-registration required: https://bit.ly/bulbshow2021lecture
Join us for a virtual talk by Dr. Desiree Narango

Youtube Lecture Link  

Dr. Narango studies how plants and animals interact with each other, their environment, and with us. Most of her work takes place in novel landscapes significantly altered by people, such as urban forests, residential yards, and farmland. Her interdisciplinary work uses field, lab, and modeling-based approaches to answer questions that span across scales and taxa. Her ultimate goal is to find data-driven conservation solutions for land managers to help preserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.

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

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

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

students and instructor in an outdoor garden
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to Monday, September 14, 2020
  • Sunday, September 6 & Sunday, September 13, 4:00 -4:30 pm: Virtual Tour of the Botanic Garden - Fly through campus visiting some of our beautiful gardens and favorite big old trees, and meet the folks that give Smith its unique sense of place!
  • Tuesday September 8, 4:00-5:00 pm: Botanic Garden Zoom Drop-In -  Swing by to meet some of the BG staff and hear about ways that you can dig in!

To participate in these events, follow this link: https://smith.zoom.us/my/herbology

spring tulips
Saturday, March 7, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020

UPDATE: SMITH COLLEGE PRIORITY NEWS :

THE SPRING BULB SHOW & BULB SALE ARE CANCELLED, THE LYMAN PLANT HOUSE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In following the college's policy in response to COVID-19, the Botanic Garden Bulb Show has been canceled in order to limit potential community spread of the disease. This action was taken out of an abundance of caution and out of a need to ensure the health and safety of our community - including our local and regional visitors. For updates and questions, please visit smith.edu/coronavirus/  

 

Eric Toensmeier
Friday, March 6, 2020

SMITH COLLEGE PRIORITY NEWS PLEASE READ:
COVID 19 INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

Individuals considering attending events on Smith’s campus should stay home if they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath. Should symptoms appear while they are already on campus, visitors are asked to self-isolate and contact their primary health-care provider.
 Individuals who have traveled to CDC alert-level 3 countries are not permitted on Smith’s campus until they have self-isolated and remained symptom-free for a minimum of 14 days.

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. 

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