Woods of the World on Display at Lyman Plant House

Woods of the World
Smith College Lyman Plant House
Northampton, MA

The Woods of the World permanent exhibit consists of 178 unique woods from all parts of the globe and hangs from the walls and ceiling near the north entrance of Lyman Plant House at Smith Botanical Garden in Northampton, MA. Utilize this local resource as a way of supporting your child/students interest in dendrology and forest product manufacturing.

Do you know what the inside of a pine tree looks like? How about the inside of something far less common, like a plum, yew, or gum tree? Get an inside look at all of these trees (and over a hundred more!) at Woods of the World, a fascinating permanent exhibit at the Smith College Botanical Garden’s Lyman Plant House in Northampton, MA.

Woods of the World (also known as WoW) features panels of wood from over 170 trees from all around the world. The panels cover a section of the plant house’s walls, ceiling, and floor and are representative of a diverse group of tree species from all over the world. By visiting this intimate hallway exhibit, families can learn about the uses for and origins of many types of wood, revealing wood grains in all shapes and patterns; while none of the panels have been stained, some have changed shades slowly over time, further expanding the exhibit’s range of colors.

Visitors to the exhibit can use a key, along with numbers on each panel, in order to determine what type of wood each panel represents. A handful of informational displays share information on the shapes and patterns of  wood grains, and how examination of a tree’s grain can be used to learn about the tree and its life. The exhibit also offers information on the American elm tree, a species decimated by Dutch Elm Disease. In addition, the exhibits cork flooring is accompanied by information on cork which is, much to the surprise of many children, derived from a cork tree…

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2012 Spring Plant Sales & Swaps in Western MA

2012 Spring Plant Sales & Swaps

Plant swaps and sales take place all over Western MA in the spring time. Here we’ve started a list of swap/sales happening in the region. Add your community or organization swap HERE.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

11am-5pm in Stockbridge: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale takes place this weekend!  There will be tons and tons of plants, many locally grown, as well as antiques, a container garden design station, and gardeners available to offer help and advice.  Find the perfect plants to plant in your garden.  413-298-3926.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

8:30am-2pm in Williamsburg: Find plants to expand your garden with at a plant sale in the Williamsburg Town Center today!  There will be a wide variety of locally grown plants, including hanging baskets, miniatures for rock gardens, and more.  Visitors can get advice from master gardeners, and there will be soil testing from 9am-12noon.  Benefits the town’s elementary schools and Hampshire Regional High School.

9am-1pm in Northampton: Northampton Save Our Schools is having their 16th annual plant sale at Smith Vocational School!  Along with plants, there will be compost, garden furniture, and other treasures for sale!  80 Locust Street.  413-537-4437.

9am-12noon in Ashfield: Peruse locally grown plants at the Ashfield Congregational Church’s annual plant sale!  There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, and veggies (come early if you want perennials!).  413-625-6967.  429 Main Street.  

9am-5pm in Stockbridge: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale takes place this weekend!  There will be tons and tons of plants, many locally grown, as well as antiques, a container garden design station, and gardeners available to offer help and advice.  Find the perfect plants to plant in your garden.  413-298-3926.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  

10am-2pm in Plainfield: Celebrate the groundbreaking of a new community garden at the Guyette Farm!  There will be an introduction to the garden space, a groundbreaking with oxen, opportunities to learn about tool use and maintenance, guided walks around the farm, baby lambs, and a plant sale!  Come to the Hilltown Spring Festival following this event. Gloyd Street.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

8am-1pm in Athol: The North Quabbin Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale at the Millers River Environmental Center. 100, Main St.

9am-3pm in Sunderland:  The Sunderland Library is hosting a plant, book, and bake sale today!  Acquire some new plants for your garden, some treats, and new reading material, all while helping raise money for the library.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.

9am-12noon in Buckland: Visit Red Gate Farm today for their spring open house!  The event includes a great plant sale (gather up some things to plant in your garden), hayrides, tours of the pond, a chance to meet goats, and a flower pot painting activity for kids.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.

9am-1pm in Shelburne Falls: Fill your garden this weekend with plants from the annual Bridge of Flowers plant sale!  Proceeds benefit upkeep of the bridge.  Takes place at Trinity Baptist Church.  Main Street.

9am-1pm in Holyoke: The Wistariahurst Museum’s annual Gardeners’ Plant Sale takes place today!  Bring a wagon for easy shopping – there will be plants for indoors and out, and tons of uncommon varieties!  Learn about plants and expand your garden.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.

11am-5pm in Sturbridge: Old Sturbridge Village will be selling heirloom plants and giving away heirloom tomato plants to museum visitors. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

9am-12Noon in Leverett: The Leverett Historical Society will holding their annual plant sale at the Town Hall.  Gardening books will also be part of this sale.

9am-12noon in Deerfield:  The Tilton Library will hold a plant sale.

Spring Plant Sales & Swaps in Western MA

2011 Spring Plant Sales & Swaps

Worthington Plant Sale happens on Saturday, May 14th this year. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Plant swaps and sales take place all over Western MA in the spring time. Here we’ve started a list of swap/sales happening in the region. Add your community or organization swap in the comment box below (or click here).

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Northampton Save Our Schools is having a plant sale at Smith Vocational School!  Along with plants, there will be compost, garden furniture, and other treasures for sale!  There will also be raffle.  80 Locust Street.  413-537-4437.  Northampton, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-5pm – PLANT SALE: Select plants to buy from over 5,000 different plants at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale!  Along with the plants, vendors will on site  and there will be a designer flower show too.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  413-298-3826.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

9am – PLANT SALE: Worthington Gardeners will host their annual plant sale at the Historical Society building. Route 143 Worthington, MA (SALE)

9am- PLANT SWAP: Bring plants to the North Amherst Community Farm for a plant swap!  There  will also be hay rides, gardening in the new children’s garden, and a livestock meet and greet!  1089 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

9am-12noon – PLANT SALE: Buy plants and crafts from local vendors at the annual Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale!  Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Join the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners and the Wistariahurst Gardeners for a plant sale at the Wistariahurst Museum!  There will be plants of all types, and you can get soil tested for $1 per sample!  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  (SALE)

8am-1pm – PLANT SALE: In the parking lot of Big E’s Supermarket, Pascommuck Conservation Trust will have their spring plant sale. Union St. 413-204-2964 Easthampton, MA (SALE)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

6pm – PLANT SWAP: Plant Swap and Garden Combing happening at Mother Herb’s Garden. Bring herbs and medicinals to swap.  Bring herbs to contribute to community garden plot. 14 Northern Ave. Northampton, MA (SWAP)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

9am-12Noon – PLANT SALE: Red Gate Farm will have a spring plant sale during their open house. Activities, tours and hayrides for families. Decorate a flower pot and pick up vegetable starts for your home garden. 4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 1st & 15th, 2011

6pm – PLANT SWAP: Wistariahurts Gardeners’ Plant Swap at the museum. Bring labeled plants to swap. Presented by Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners and Western Mass Master Gardeners. 238 Cabot St. 413-322-5660 Holyoke, MA (SWAP/SALE)

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