Annual Smith College Bulb Show 2010 | A Photographer's Paradise

Annual Bulb Show

Every year the student's at Smith College in Northampton, MA work diligently preparing for their Annual Spring Bulb Show. The bulb show takes place in the Conservatory, also known as the Lyman Plant House, named after the Lyman family, the former owners of one of the homesteads which makes up the Smith College Campus.

This tradition dates back to 1894 where William Ganong's, Professor of Botany implemented a program for his students to prepare plants for two annual shows that were held at the Lyman Plant house.

The Spring Bulb Show runs from March 6 through March 21, 2010. The daily hours are 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M. daily. A $2.00 donation is accepted as an entry fee. There are special hours for members only between the hours of 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Membership cards are required to enter.

A Photographer's Paradise a Horticulturist's Dream

As well as it is a tradition, for the student's to prepare for this show. It is also an annual tradition for me to make my road trip to New England to visit my dear friend Diane. Who just so happens to live in the nearby vicinity of Northampton, MA. Seeing as though, we both share the love of photography, we plan my visit just in time for the annual, Smith College Bulb Show.

Year after year, the Horticulture student's at Smith College work very hard in preparation for their annual bulb show event. And each and every year it seems to be more spectacular than the year before. From the very second, the door is open to the Conservatory, you are on sensory overload. The fragrance in the air is like walking into a perfume factory.

Not to mention, the beauty that surrounds you no matter which direction you look. It's lilke being in the middle of a rainbow, you are surrounded by color from every spectrum. From luscious, deep, dark bold contrasting colors to fluffy, cotton candy, pastels, of peach, soft pinks, yellows and blues. As your senses awaken, your spirit is filled with a sense of renewal and hope. For Spring is in the air, everywhere you look.

Please Vote Below For Your Favorite Flower

I decided to put up some of my photos and let you vote on your favorite one. See how your taste in floral's compares to others. Below the pictures you will be able to cast your vote. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Bulb Show 2010 - Vote Below For Your Favorite Flower

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History of the Botanic Garden of Smith College

The Smith College Campus, dates back to 1875. The backyard of the college at that time was a mix of pasture lands, hay fields and a variety of mixed gardens. The land was formerly know as The Lyman and Dewey homesteads.

In 1894 the Botanic Garden of Smith College, formally took shape under the direction of William Francis Ganong, a Professor of Botany. Professor Ganong initiated the idea for the students to prepare their plants for two annual shows a each year. After 38 years of teaching Botany students, Professor Ganong decided to retire.

In the years to follow there were many changes. The Lyman Plant House was extended and a rock garden was built. Soon the entire campus became an arboretum.

In 1921 the college acquired the Capen School, enhancing The Botanic Garden even further. Adjacent garden areas were laid out providing a series of outdoor gardens. The redesign was implemented by Kate Ries Koch in 1921 followed by an additional garden planed by Dorcus Brigham, assisted by the students of Hortculutre in the year of 1934.

William I. P. Campbell was hired in 1937 as the college horticulturist; he was accompanied by Dorothy May Anderson, who in 1935 was appointed as the College's landscape architect. Together the campus was reconstructed and expanded.One of the first renovations was the expansion to the Rock Garden.

Campbell carried on the tradition of the students preparing plants for the annual show which had been formally initiated by the late,William Ganong. This tradition was carried on year after year and held at the Lyman Plant House.

Through the years that followed, Smith College continued to grow. In an effort to accommodate their student's educational resources, major expansions, redesigns and renovations ensued. Greenhouses were added to the Conservatory complex to further the research of chromosomal studies. These greenhouses were named after the late geneticist, Albert F. Blakeslee, known for his pioneer work in chromosomal studies. In addition to the greenhouses a Japanese Garden for Reflection and Contemplation was also established.

Through all the college's major restorations and reconstructions, The Botanic Garden has been in operation for over 100 years. The annual bulb show initiated by William Ganong is still in operation today.

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Cast Your Vote For Your Favorite Floral Image 2010

Which one of the floral images was your favorite? Please click on the image number. Then click on the Vote button.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Sage, what fantastic photo's did you really take these? What a talent you are. Fantastic hub, and fantastic beauty. You made my soul sing.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Darlene - Good to see you, thanks so much for stopping by. In answer to your question. Photography is one of my hubbies. Thanks for your compliment.

Sage


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

I enjoyed your photo's very much sage, and the hub was interesting as I, like you, enjoy both photography and horticulture. It was difficult to vote for only one favorite. Isn't it wonderful that we can put so many of our favorite interests to work together. Who said working can't be fun!

Blessings to you sage and thanks for putting this together.

UlrikeGrace


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Jayne Lancer 6 years ago from West London, UK

Voting was a hard. It was between 5 and 6 for me, but all the photos were gorgeous, Sage. What an interesting text, too.

Great hobbies, absolutely made for each other!


Keira  6 years ago

Hello my lovely friend, I voted for number 10, even, I find all of them beautiful. I can see that its not just in writing that you have a reel talent. You take some beautiful photos. I really admire all your work. Thanks for sharing my dear Sage.:) Bless you.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Ulrike Grace - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. What could be better than taking pictures of beautiful flowers. You're right, working should be fun!!

Sage

Jayne - Thanks so much for reading and voting. It was difficult choosing which ones to put up. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

Sage

Kiera - You my friend are so dear. Your comments are always heartfelt. Thank you sovery much.

Sage


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Aren't they just incredible? I always marvel at something that can start out as just a little hard ball and push all the way through to turn into such a thing of beauty - kind of like some people that overcome life's obstacles. Great photos!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

akirchner - So good to see you, that was a beautiful comment.

A great analogy, having never really done much gardening with bulbs; I never really thought much about the bulb process. Beautifully said.

Sage


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I voted for 9, but they were all beautiful.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Hi Shelia, Thanks for stopping by and casting your vote.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Wonderful hub and BEAUTIFUL pictures! I had no idea you had such talent! I voted although I loved all the pictures! Great job, Sage!!!!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Ann Nonymous - Thanks so much for stopping by reading and taking the time to vote. Photography is another passion that I do when I'm not writing.

Many thanks,

Sage


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Love the daffodils they always represented spring after the long, cold, and dreary winter. Great pictures. Enjoyed.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Tammy, Thanks for stopping by and commenting it's always good to see you.

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Wow, I voted all hehe just kidding, I love flowers Sage and what a relief to read this one. Thank you, You made my day, it is showering here, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks Maita for stopping by and casting your vote, you must have been busy writing. I haven't seen you for awhile. I will go check and see, you have probably already posted a new hub.

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Oh, I was sick a little but, I have been wqrking on that hub for three days, I am fine now, Send me those flowers, Thanks and Take care, Maita


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

Wow, this is a lovely set of pictures you got there. I have to agree with ann nonymous, as I did vote but I actually thought all the pictures you taken were just beautiful.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

stevennix- I just love your little avatar. So good to see you. Thanks for stopping by and casting your vote. Your comment is very special as I love photography.

Sage


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sage, Beautiful picture of the flowers. You are a talented photographer as well. I love flowers, especially spring flowers. I couldn't even choose, so I went with 10 since it had that nice variety. Flowers lift my spirits. Terrific hub.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Your photography is beautiful. Very nice.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

pamela - So good to see you, thanks for taking the time to stop and smell the flowers. Glad you enjoyed, thanks for your comment.

ladyjane - Thanks so much for your heartfelt comment. It is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

HMM< the flowers are all beautiful SAGE, the peach with an orange tinge flower makes me just stare at it for long time, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita-So good to see you. Thanks so much for your beautiful comment. I am happy that you have found a flower that you love.

Many thanks,

Sage


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sage, these pictures are beautiful. What a great flower show! I voted for the picture of the peach colored tulip which I see is the most popular, though #10 is fabulous too. Ahh, spring. It's almost here!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dolores, Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. The peach tulip is my personal all time favorite as well. I can't wait!

Many thanks,

Sage


prism 6 years ago

So tough to pick a favorite. I love them all! I'm a macro fanatic so #5 was my 1st choice. The detail and color is beautiful! My 2nd choice would be #8. I love the angle. Feels like it could be through the eyes of a cat stalking through the flowers.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

prism - thanks so much for reading and taking the time to vote. Your comments were really interesting. Thanks so much.

Sage


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Great pix - and I really do enjoy bulbs. This show must be a paradise! Thanks for the great pix and the write-up. Here in South Africa it's just about time to start putting bulbs in, which I hope to do in a week or so.

Love and peace

Tony


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Tony - so good to see you thanks for stopping by.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Sage, only just got round to reading this hub and sharing your photographs was a great joy. You have an undeniable talent.Really glad I found this hub.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

D.A.L. - So glad you enjoyed these pictures and thanks so much for your wonderful compliment.

Sage


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Sage Williams, great photographs but as I love all flowers I don't want to offend any of them by voting for just one. lol


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

agvulpes - Glad you liked them. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Sage


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I voted for #1 - I love tulips!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

habee - thanks for stopping by and voting!


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nosense 6 years ago

I voted for flower number 4, seems like an orchid but not sure if it is. Anyway I love orchids so I voted for it. Nice photos.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

nosense - Thanks so much for stopping by and voting. Number 4 are definitely orchids. They are one of my favorites as well.

Sage

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