The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Located in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Botanic Garden of Smith College is set on a 125-acre campus landscape, sitting on the edge of Paradise Pond with nearby mountains providing a distant view. Smith College’s first president had a vision for the entire campus as a botanic garden, to be of scientific as well as aesthetic value, and the original campus plan was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

The garden encompasses the 12,000 square foot Lyman Conservatory and the Campus Arboretum with a variety of specialty gardens. Campus gardens include a systematics garden, woodland and wildflower garden, Japanese garden, and a rock garden. Additionally there are perennial gardens, a knot garden, and an herb garden. Our diverse collections contain over 7,000 labeled and mapped plants.

Since its founding in 1895, the Botanic Garden of Smith College has been functioning as an institution that fosters education about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom, serving as a living museum of plants native to New England and ecosystems around the world. Our goals are collection and display, education, research, and conservation. Visitors are treated to an extraordinary array of rare and unusual plants and garden displays. Additionally, the Lyman Plant House features changing educational exhibits in the Church Exhibition Gallery, plus a permanent installation of 178 Woods of the World.

DIRECTIONS

From the South: Northampton is on Route I-91 in Massachusetts. Take Exit 18, and follow Route 5 north into the center of town. Turn left onto Route 9. Go straight through four traffic lights, turning left into Smith’s main entrance (College Lane) shortly after the fourth set. The Botanic Garden is on your left, overlooking Paradise Pond. Parking is available next the Lyman Plant House.

From the North: From I-91 South, take Exit 20, and follow onto Route 5 south into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9 (Main Street), turn right onto Route 9. Then follow the same directions as above from Route 9 to campus.

From the East or West via the Massachusetts Turnpike: Northampton is on Route I-91 North (Mass Pike exit 4). Once on I-91, follow the directions above for visitors from the south.

The Botanic Garden of Smith College

16 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413.585.2740

Visit smith.edu/garden

  • Group Visits
  • Walks/Tours
  • Open all year
  • Gift shop
  • HOURS

    Lyman Plant House & Conservatory:
    Regular hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily.
    NOTE: Spring Bulb Show and Fall Chrysanthemum Show hours for the general public are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. See flower show details below.

    CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY AND WINTER BREAK: CHRISTMAS THROUGH NEW YEARS

    Campus arboretum and gardens: Open daily year-round.
    While we are not a public park in the sense of a Central Park, the public is invited to explore the campus arboretum and specialty gardens.

    SPRING BULB SHOW – Opens the first Saturday in March; runs for two weeks including the third weekend.
    HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
    Friday evenings 4:00 – 8:00 PM

    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.
    Friday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    ADMISSION

    Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated.

    LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

    Enhance your visit with the lastest news and exhibitions from the Smith College Museum of Art.
    smith.edu/artmuseum

    Visit Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century English settlement in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts.
    historic-deerfield.org