Past Events

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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday April 26 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on the Smith College campus.

1:00 pm, west side of Sage Hall - Franchet's Maple, Acer sterculiaceum ssp. franchetii
3:00 pm, at the bottom of the new Crew House ramp - Pawpaw

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Join John Berryhill, Landscape Curator and a Certified Arborist, for a tree planting demonstration. Learn about the stresses and challenges facing transplanted trees. John will discuss selection of a good nursery specimen, proper timing and techniques, aftercare, pruning, and offer tips from his years of experience. Bring your questions and join the conversation.

Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson
Friday, March 2, 2018

Stories About Seeds
Presented by Tim Johnson, Director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College,  and former Head of Preservation at Seed Savers Exchange.
7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room - Free and open to the public

Join us for a journey through time as we explore the evolution of seeds and the emergence of the angiosperm (“vessel seeded”) plant lineage. These flowering plants arose some 125 million years ago. Learn about how the humble skill of seed saving changed the course of human history and about the current work being done to preserve both biodiversity and cultural identities in seed banks.

volunteers with group
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The next three day Volunteer Training Session will be held from 9:00am – 4:00 pm on January 18 and 19 and January 20, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2018. Registration is required. Fill out an application today!

Training includes a history of the botanic garden; tours of greenhouses; some basic botany and horticulture; commercial, medicinal and food plants of the Botanic Garden and how to guide visitors and school groups.

orange and purple chrysanthemums
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 7
12 noon to 4:00 pm
Lyman Plant House

Visit the dazzling Fall Chrysanthemum Show, take a  guided tour of different habitats around the world in the Lyman Conservatory!
Information will be available about bringing your classes for guided tours and how to schedule class visits and tours.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Who Put Those Genes in My Food??  Facts and Myths About “GMOs” 
by Margaret Smith, PhD., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University

Friday, November 3, 2017
7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room

Genetically engineered crops (so-called “GMOs”) have generated much controversy in recent years. The goal of this lecture is to help listeners better understand genetically engineered crops and to provide clear, objective, and factual information that they can use to form their own opinions.

Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 12:00 pm - Lyman PLant House

The Botanic Garden's new director, Tim Johnson, will be available from 12:00 to 1:00 pm to meet with visitors.