The Botanic Garden of Smith College

16 College Ln, Northampton, Ma 01063
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Our mission The Botanic Garden of Smith College fosters environmental and social justice through teaching and learning about plants, people, and place.

The Botanic Garden of Smith College

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Volunteering at the Botanic Garden

Volunteers lead tours through the greenhouses and gardens and staff our reception area and exhibition gallery. They develop thematic tours, provide hospitality for events such as the opening of the Spring Bulb Show, and assist with exhibitions. (Please note, however, that volunteers do not engage in any hands-on horticultural work.) Volunteer training sessions are held once a year in January, followed by training tours and monthly meetings. In exchange for the training, volunteers are expected to participate for at least one full year, including attending the monthly meetings.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help Volunteers play a vital role in extending the reach of what the Botanic Garden is able to present to the public.
About us The Botanic Garden of Smith College was founded over one hundred years ago by Laurenus Clarke Seelye, the College's first president, with the hope that the whole campus could be developed as a botanic garden so that it might be of scientific as well as aesthetic value. Today the Botanic Garden serves as a living museum of plants native to New England and ecosystems around the globe. The Garden encompasses the 12,000 square foot Lyman Conservatory and Church Exhibition Gallery, the campus arboretum, and a variety of specialty gardens, including the Rock Garden, Systematics Garden, Capen Garden, and the Japanese Garden for Reflection and Contemplation. The outdoor gardens and greenhouses are open to the public year-round.
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