Past Events

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. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to Friday, June 7, 2019

The Botanic Garden is now recruiting volunteers to train to lead tours for groups of school children and adults. Volunteers are also trained to staff our reception area and provide hospitality for our special events.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

One Day Bulb Sale for Members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden

9:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday, March 23

Please bring your membership card and trays or flats for your purchases.
Parking on the pond side of College Lane will be allowed for the duration of the sale.

Not a member? Join now!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Advancing Racial Equity through Regenerative Place-Making
By Duron Chavis

7:30 pm Campus Center Carroll Room - Free and open to the public
Followed by a reception and a preview of the Bulb Show at the Lyman Plant House

The built environment of urban cities across the country bear the scars of racial inequality inherent in slavery, Jim Crow discrimination and economic marginalization. Place-making capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and wellbeing. 

YouTube video of the talk

Lyman Conservatory at night
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Smithies: Join us for our second Late Night at Lyman to create your own original blend of herbal tea using botanical elements. Sip on it as you enjoy the sweet serenades of the Smith Ukuleles while they play in the greenhouses. Please bring your own mug to reduce waste. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Event runs 6:30pm to 8:30pm 

Smith Students! Join us for our inaugural Late Nights at Lyman event. Come for a private viewing of the Mum Show and build your very own aerarium to take home. Wander through the illuminated Conservatory and enjoy some light snacks. Please note that aerarium supplies are limited to the first 200 students, so come early! 


Victoria Johnson portrait
Friday, November 2, 2018

AMERICAN EDEN: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Presented by Victoria Johnson, Phd.

7:30 pm Campus Center Carroll Room - free and open to the public
Followed by a reception, book signing and view of the Chrysanthemum Show at the Lyman Plant House.

In this lecture featuring her book, American Eden, Johnson rescues Hosack, (family doctor and friend to both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and attending doctor at the famous duel) from obscurity and highlights his significant contributions to botany and medicine.

College Hall elm tree
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Music in the Noon Hour 

12:30 PM, Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Mary Hubbell, soprano; Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano.
Songs and piano pieces by Schumann, Liszt, Brown, Joplin and more. Featuring the premiere performance of a new song by Gregory W. Brown, dedicated to the College Hall American elm, with text by Naila Moreira.
Co-sponsored by the Smith College Music Department.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Nature's Temples: Understanding and Honoring Old-growth Forests
by Joan Maloof
7:00 pm in the Smith Conference Center Oak Room

What do you know about the forest cover of the planet, and of Massachusetts specifically? Are we gaining forest land or losing forest land? Are there any untouched forests left? If so, where could you experience one? Why are ancient forests so important and how can we preserve the ones that are left? In this Arbor Day talk we will turn our attention to the silent plants and animals who cannot speak for themselves. We will take some time to connect with our forest heritage and imagine a greener future.