Past Events

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:
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:

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



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  


Eric Toensmeier
Friday, March 6, 2020


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. 

maple leaves
Friday, February 28, 2020

Making Maple Syrup from MacLeish Sugar Maples
Sap Boiling Demo, Sap Sampling, Pancakes and Syrup Tasting

Collaborators: CEEDS and Botanic Garden
Friday, February 28th, 1:00-4:00 pm, drop-by whenever!
Location: Chapin House Loading Dock - Free and open to the public

pink spider mum
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019

Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College.

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Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance.

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
The suggested donation is $5.00

Bonsai Mum Resources

Yoko Kawai
Friday, November 1, 2019

Space for Well-being: Japanese Spatial Concepts in Gardens and Architecture by Yoko Kawai

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room
Followed by a reception and preview of the Chrysanthemum Show in the Lyman Plant House and Conservatory
Free and open to the public

Why do we feel contemplative in Japanese gardens and architecture? Can our physical environment foster our mindfulness and well-being? Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, discusses the mind-body-space relationship found in Japanese gardens and architecture that is instrumental to mindfulness.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Botanic Garden + Design Thinking Initiative invite you to a Natural Dyeing Workshop with fiber artist Michelle Parrish. Participants will learn about dyeing with indigo and marigold, while having the opportunity to create their own uniquely designed textile. The workshop and waitlist are now FULL.