Past Exhibits

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 to Sunday, January 30, 2011

Paintings and Drawings by W. Gary Smith
Weaving together drawings, paintings, and sculptural installations with landscape design, W. Gary Smith creates artistic connections with the landscape.

poppies radiograph
Saturday, March 6, 2010 to Thursday, September 30, 2010

X-rays combined with a unique artistic approach bring to light the usually unseen inner structure of flowers. Retired radiologist Merrill C. Raikes has produced magnificent images that allow visitors to see flowers as if they had x-ray vision.

Saturday, October 17, 2009 to Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A photographic view of Asian peoples and their relationship with plants.

Compelling color photographs by Paul W. Meyer tell vivid stories about the importance of plants in the lives of Asian peoples.

spiraling paper model of a daffodil flower
Monday, June 15, 2009 to Sunday, October 11, 2009

Smith Students in ARS 285, studio: Introduction to Architecture: Language and Craft, taught by Jim Middlebrook, were asked to reinterpret the spatial language of a flower.

Friday, March 6, 2009 to Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Richly colored graphic panels tell the story of this beautiful and enigmatic flower, which ultimately becomes the object of obsession in 17th century Europe.

Chrysanthemum Show 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008 to Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Fall Chrysanthemum Show provided the theme for this exhibit showcasing Japanese kimonos and obis, volunteer and staff artwork, the Chrysanthemums Hall of Fame, and student artwork from the exhibit: Chrysanthemums: Lithographs and Monotypes.

banana flowering stalk
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 to Monday, June 30, 2008

This exhibition explores the diversity of bananas, and who uses them and for what. It also shows how research can help us use this diversity to increase options for both small-scale farmers in the developing world and consumers in industrialized countries.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 to Sunday, March 23, 2008

Exhibition by Smith Art Students and Professor Dwight Pogue

Students followed the development of chrysanthemums in the Lyman Conservatory from the beginning of the semester in September through the Chrysanthemum Show in November.

Saturday, March 3, 2007 to Friday, December 21, 2007

The World in a Garden exhibit explores ways in which botanic gardens since the early Renaissance have endeavored to represent our increasing awareness of the plant life of other continents and climatic regions.

Sunday, October 1, 2006 to Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Travels of Elizabeth K. Roys

As a student of Botany at Smith College, Elizabeth K. Roys toured Asia with her mother in 1926-27, exploring gardens in China, Japan, Korea, Siam, and India. She kept detailed records and compiled her observations in a collection of five notebooks. These notebooks constitute a unique historical chronicle, providing an irreplaceable firsthand account of Asian gardens in the early twentieth century.