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Botanic Garden at Smith College, Annual Spring Bulb Show
March 3 - March 18
The Annual Spring Bulb Show Botanic Garden of Smith College
Though cloudy skies and blackish-brown and white landscapes makes us long for winter to end, Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory will be ablaze with color. A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies, tulips, and more will be in full bloom —a taste of spring to come.
The annual Bulb Show is a Smith College tradition that began in the early 1900s. Ordinarily blooming at different times throughout the spring, the flowers have been coaxed into blooming simultaneously. In October, Smith College horticulture students potted bulbs and put them into cold storage. Starting in January, the bulbs are moved into the greenhouses and with careful timing and temperature control they are all blooming in time for the Show.
The display is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the show is open until 8:00 pm. The suggested donation is $5.00. Special members-only hours, daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 am (please bring your membership card or you may join when you get here), provide a less crowded experience of the show.
The Botanic Garden is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on College Lane for the two weeks of the Bulb Show.
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Opens the first Saturday in November; runs for two weeks including the third weekend.
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Extended hours: Fridays 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $5.00