On June 4, 2020, President Kathleen McCartney issued a statement about the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis which acknowledged that this was not an isolated act of violence against the Black community. As she wrote, “The deliberate and brazen suffocation of George Floyd by a police officer, while three other officers stood by and did not intervene, is emblematic of the suffering Black people have endured in this country for more than 400 years.” President McCartney's full statement can be read here.

On behalf of my team at the Botanic Garden, I want to echo President McCartney’s statement and share with you again that the Botanic Garden of Smith College is committed to action. As we wrote in our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, botanical gardens have a critical role to play in addressing discrimination and racism. We are committed to being an institution that resonates with and invites in diverse audiences. We are fully committed to confronting bias and racism in how we work. 

View the full Botanic Garden statement, or click Learn more, below.

Friday, June 5, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor in Horticulture for academic year 2019-2020. We seek to appoint an individual to teach two lecture courses (one course each semester) in horticulture. Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2019.

Monday, April 1, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Lyman Plant House & Conservatory will be closed Sunday, January 20, 2019 due to the weather.

Friday, January 18, 2019 to Sunday, January 20, 2019

Wednesday, January 23 from 7 am to 4 pm, upper College Lane (Elm St. to Green St.) will be closed.

Monday, January 14, 2019 to Wednesday, January 23, 2019

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of invasive species and maintain a healthy arboretum, a row of young trees near Comstock House will

Thursday, December 20, 2018 to Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Smith College is closed today, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, due to inclement weather.

This includes the Botanic Garden.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Red oak tree showing fungus growing at its base

UPDATE: During Spring Break, March 10 - 18, the Smith College Arboretum will be losing two old, beloved, central campus trees.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 to Monday, March 12, 2018

The entire Smith College Campus  will close today, March 7, 2018 at 12:00 noon due to inclement weather.
This includes the Botanic Garden's Lyman Plant House.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Lyman Conservatory in spring

Come and work at one of the best college botanic gardens in the USA!

The Botanic Garden of Smith College is seeking a Conservatory Curator for the plant collections in the Lyman Conservatory.
All inquiries are handled through Smith College Human Resources.

Click HERE for official job posting.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
elm tree surrounded by construction

An American elm tree between Washburn House and Neilson Library will be removed this week as part of the Neilson Library construction project.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Friday, July 28, 2017