Smith College 2010 Spring Bulb Show
A spectacular array of blossoming fresias, crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips provide an early glimpse of spring at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory in Northampton, Massachusetts for two weeks from March 7 through March 22.
Smith’s spring bulb show is a long-standing tradition of Smith College’s Botanic Garden, dating back more than 75 years.
It's quite a scientific feat to force thousands of bulbs to bloom in unison weeks before their outdoor counterparts dare end their hibernation. Ordinarily blooming at different times, some 5,000 bulbs are coaxed into a simultaneous blooming beginning in October when Smith horticulture students pot them up and put them into cold storage. Starting in January, the bulbs are transferred to the greenhouses and, with careful timing and temperature control, are ready for their colorful debut in March.