Past Events

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. 

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.