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Botanic Garden at Smith College, Annual Spring Bulb Show

March 2 - March 17

The Annual Spring Bulb Show Botanic Garden of Smith College

With over 8,000 bulbs brought to flower, you won’t want to miss this year’s Spring Bulb Show. From daffodils to hyacinths, tulips (of course) to freesia, fritillaria to muscari, Lyman Conservatory will be the place you want to visit come early March. Our greenhouse horticulturists and Smith College work study students have been hard at work coaxing these bulbs to flower for the show.

Bulb Show 6

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 2024 show runs from Saturday, March 2 through Sunday March 17. The plant house will be open for extended hours for the show: 

  • 9 am – 10 am daily, members only hours
  • 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday – Thursday
  • 10 am – 8 pm, Fridays & Saturdays

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.

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The Spring Bulb Show always opens the first Saturday in March and runs for two weeks including the third weekend.

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


March 2
March 17


Botanic Garden at Smith College
122 Green Street
Northampton, MA 01063
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