Plan your Visit

Smith College requires that all individuals aged two and up, wear masks while in the building, including the greenhouses. 

Lyman Plant House & Conservatory Upcoming Schedule:

Regular Hours | October 20 to November 5
open to all 
weekdays M-F, 9am-4pm | closed weekends & holidays

Mum Show Hours | November 8 to 24
closed to general public - view online, social media, livestream
open to Smith Community, in testing program, OneCard required
open to Friends members; preregistration required
weekdays M-F, 9am-4pm | closed weekends & holidays

Fall Break Holiday | November 25 and 26
closed to all

Resuming Regular Hours | November 29
open to all
weekdays, M-F, 9am-4pm | closed weekends & holidays

There is much to see at the Botanic Garden. Between the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens, you can spend many hours exploring.


There is one designated handicapped parking space in front of the Lyman Plant House. We have two accessible entrances and wheelchair accessible bathrooms. There is a lift in the front of the building that goes between the lower level Church Exhibition Gallery and the Reception area. All but one of the greenhouses (the Fern House) are accessible. Routes for going through the Lyman Conservatory and avoiding stairs are shown on our accessibility floor plan. Around campus, most of the paths are paved. 


The Campus Center Café is the closest place to grab a bite to eat. During the summer and school breaks, they often have reduced hours, so it is best to check and make sure they are open when you are visiting.

Thanks for visiting!

The Botanic Garden is a college campus and a living museum, different from a park or recreation area. We are recognized for our diverse collection, which includes fragile, rare, and endangered plants. For everyone's enjoyment, for your safety, and for the protection of the plants, we ask:

  • Minors must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • View and enjoy, but do not pick anything.
  • Stay on paths and out of planting beds, and please do not climb trees.
  • Use caution on wet greenhouse walkways and watch out for water hoses.
  • Conditions in the greenhouses may be hot and humid, and bees may be present. Please be aware if this poses a risk to your health.
  • Do not touch the plants; many may cause allergic reactions.
  • Do not eat plants or fruits; many are poisonous.
  • Supervise children carefully; no running or shouting, please.
  • No strollers or backpacks in the Lyman Conservatory.
  • No pets in the Lyman Conservatory or in the Happy Chace ’28 Garden, the Rock Garden, the Systematics Garden, or Capen Garden. In other areas of campus dogs must be leashed. Please clean up after your dog, as per City of Northampton ordinance.
  • No picnicking in the Systematics Garden, Rock Garden, Capen Garden, Happy Chace ’28 Garden, or Japanese Garden.
  • Enjoy the quiet and do not disturb the relaxing nature of the Garden.
Plan your Visit

Smith College, my alma mater, has a vibrant and lush botanical garden that attracts people from all around the world. . . . It's an extraordinary garden that’s teaming with plant life.


Dorian Rogers Winslow, Smith Class of 1978