Updates

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

Due to the continuing clean-up from yesterday's storm, Smith College, including the Botanic Garden, will open a 11:00 am today, Wednesday, March 15

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Botanic Garden of Smith College's Lyman Plant House and Conservatory will reopen to the public on Tuesday September 7. (See our FAQs)
Our normal hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  
Smith College requires that all individuals wear masks indoors.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
A view from the admission building of Paradise Pond

Beginning Friday, November 13, Facilities Management will begin a partial drawdown of Paradise Pond to redistribute sediment.

Friday, November 13, 2020 to Friday, November 20, 2020
students and instructor in an outdoor garden
  • Sunday, September 6 & Sunday, September 13, 4:00 -4:30 pm: Virtual Tour of the Botanic Garden - Fly through campus visiting some of our beautiful gardens and favorite big old trees, and meet the folks that give Smith its unique sense of place!
  • Tuesday September 8, 4:00-5:00 pm: Botanic Garden Zoom Drop-In -  Swing by to meet some of the BG staff and hear about ways that you can dig in!

To participate in these events, follow this link: https://smith.zoom.us/my/herbology

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to Monday, September 14, 2020

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

On Sunday November 18th, College Lane will be closed from 10:30am to 11:30am for the Girls On The Run 5k race.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
East view of the planned renovation of Neilson Library

Campus visitors, please be aware:

The first major concrete pour for the Neilson Library project has been scheduled for 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday July 18. 

Monday, July 16, 2018 to Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Construction prep will begin Monday, August 21st on the west side of Neilson Library and all sides of Alumnae Gym including the removal of some large, but replaceable trees.

Monday, August 21, 2017

October snowstorms can be devestating to deciduous trees especially when they haven't dropped all their leaves yet.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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