BOTANIC GARDEN of SMITH COLLEGE
On April 19, 2014 my family and I visited Smith College in Northampton, MA. This women’s college is on 143 acres and dates back to 1871. My daughter was accepted to the school and we went to tour the campus to help us definitively decide if this was the school for her in the Fall.
No visit would be complete without touring some of the gardens comprising the Botanic Garden of Smith College.
The entire campus is an informal arboretum with most all plants and trees labeled and there is a campus map highlighting the more significant ones. There are a series of specialty gardens throughout campus. Check out their website for history, detailed maps and information at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/home.html
In the late 1880’s Frederick Law Olmsted’s design firm was hired to spec out a comprehensive landscape design. Over the years, through expansion and through a devastating hurricane in the 1930s that leveled over 200 trees, several people have had a hand in the landscape planning and the direction of the collections.
Here is a link to the various gardens on campus:
The over 100 year old Lyman Conservatory houses over 2500 species of plants, specializing in tropical, subtropical and desert plants installed in a variety of greenhouses dating from 1895 to 1981. They have an herbarium with over 60,000 pressed specimens.
But as a true “Begoniac”, I could not resist eyeing their begonia collection a little longer than most visitors. Herewith is a collection of pictures taken at a very fast pace so that I could also keep up with the rest of my family on college tour.
Their begonia collection can be found in their Warm Temperate House, along with Gesneriads and some citrus.
Begonia molleri in bloom
Begonia molleri flower
Another of Begonia bradei
Begonia manicata ‘Aureomaculata’
Begonia heracheofolia ‘Sonderbruchii’
common name: Crazy Leaf Begonia
Begonia ‘Alto Scharff’
Begonia floccifera in bloom
Begonia foliosa var. miniata
common name: Fuchsia Begonia
Begonia burklii in bloom
Begonia ‘Chantilly Lace’
Common name Shrimp Begonia
Begonia ‘Black Raspberry’
Begonia ‘Chantilly Lace’
Begonia ‘Rudy’s Luxurians’
Same Begonia ‘Rudy’s luxurians’
Begonia luxurians var ziesenhenne
For the next begonia photos, I do not have names as I failed to photograph the plant markers. Guess I’ll just have to go back and visit to document their identities! 😉
Begonia nelumbifolia from Mexico?!
Begonia (Rex cultivar)
Here are more pictures of a few of their greenhouses and some of the plants that caught my eye in the Orchid House, and other greenhouses.
Exhibition Gallery leading to the Main Lobby/Reception Area
Myrsinaceae Ardisia crenata Common name Coralberry Japan to India
African violets within their gesneriad collection.
Ponytail Palm in the Succulent House
Asclepiadaceae Dischidia platyphylla Phillipine Island
Oh, and the college tour was great too!