Friends of the Botanic Garden of Smith College

Show your support for the Botanic Garden!

Join the Friends and help us in promoting Smith's world-class gardens. You may join or renew your membership in the Friends online or fill out and mail us your membership form.

Membership levels:

  • $20  Smith student or recent alum (last 5 years) 
  • $50  Individual 
  • $100  Household 
  • $150  Contributor 
  • $250  Sustainer
  • $500  Benefactor
  • $1000  Patron 
  • $1500  Champion 


The Friends of the Botanic Garden was founded in 1992 to support the collections and enhance the resources of the Lyman Conservatory and the campus gardens for the benefit of the college and the greater community.

The Friends sponsors lectures, workshops, symposia and trips, offering students, faculty and the community exposure to highly acclaimed professionals. The Friends also sponsors the Botanic Garden's volunteer program and some of the summer interns. Additionally, local underfunded schools are able to bring their students on valued field trips through the Friends bus subsidy program.

Friends Membership Benefits

  • LEAFLET,  our annual magazine which includes articles by faculty, staff and students, beautiful photographs, and much more.
  • Events listing mailed biannually right to your door. 
  • Special members-only hours at the Spring Bulb and Fall Chrysanthemum Shows
  • A 10% discount on Botanic Garden merchandise 
  • Free admission and discounts at 300 other gardens around the country.  Find gardens participating in reciprocal admissions or download a printable list.
  • Invitations to plant show preview parties, symposia, and receptions
See Also: 

Online membership form

The Friends of the Botanic Garden welcome each new Smith student with the gift of a plant. Watch the video


All contributions to the Botanic Garden are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  

All alumnae receive class credit for Friends donations.

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