Choose a destination. Choose Lynn ’19.

By Rachel Nix ’20 on November 1, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Do you love nature? Are you interested in helping maintain Mount Holyoke’s stunning campus? Or are you passionate about supporting the academic growth of students? By choosing a destination — such as Academic Enrichment or Campus Preservation — for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you empower students, open doors and help Mount Holyoke continue its legacy of delivering a cutting-edge education on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. You support incredible students like Lynn Shen ’19.

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A day in the life of a Mount Holyoke student: Spring Fever, Spring Break, and Spring Flower Show

By Elana Tsogt-Erdene '17 on March 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM

by Elana Tsogt-Erdene '17

The campus-wide excitement for Wednesday, March 9th was palpable in the air. After a strange winter marked by both uncharacteristically warm bouts and snow days, the predicted high of 73 °F expected this Wednesday was proof that it was here at last: shorts weather, sunning on Skinner Green, sunglasses, and smoothies—in other words: everything good. The fact that this much-welcomed start of warm weather coincided with the final days leading up to mid-semester break did not hurt. Mount Holyoke was ready for spring.

As students cranked out papers, finished up midterms, and began packing for whatever glorious adventure the next nine days held for them, the communal sense of relief and joy was visible across campus. Maybe it was the excitement of breaking out the strappy sandals after (five) too many months spent trekking across campus in your bean boots. It could have been finally feeling the sun on your arms and legs and other parts of your body that had only known layers, layers, and more layers for far too long. The prospect of afternoons spent doing readings while sprawled out on the adirondacks with friends could not have hurt. But the most visceral example of the happiness was, of course, the annual spring flower show.

Held for two weeks every year at the start of spring, the flower show in the Talcott Greenhouse is a breathtaking visual representation of life blossoming after a wintry hibernation. Featuring over 3,000 bulbs in bloom and vast amounts of greenery, this year’s theme of “Emerald Isle” is clearly infused throughout every room. It is a captivating experience and a welcome reminder that with the warm weather comes life, beauty, and growth.

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Building Community Fact #14: Talcott Greenhouse

By MHC Development on February 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

College founder Mary Lyon didn’t believe in wasting a single moment that could be used for education. On the long walks that were a feature of the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary’s mandatory physical education, students were expected to collect and identify plants at any possible opportunity, stuff them in their pockets, and bring them back to campus to be mounted in herbaria. These herbaria still reside in the science buildings on campus and in Archives and Special Collections, and Mary Lyon’s love of nature lives on in Talcott Greenhouse.

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Building Community Fact #6: Heckel Staircase

By MHC Development on February 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

It’s the fastest way to class after lunch at Prospect. It’s the prettiest way home to Ham after a long day of studying. It’s the easiest way to get from upper campus to lower campus in a flash (and with some great views to boot).

Named in memory of alumna Anne Pitt Heckel 1934, and Robert Heckel, the Heckel Staircase Garden is among the loveliest spots on campus. Built and dedicated in 2003, its monumental stone slab stairs lead from the upper academic buildings to Talcott Greenhouse, the Art Building, and Lower Lake. Its landings provide beautiful vantage points for admiring the surrounding historic 1904 Garden from above.

Designed by landscape and garden designer Julie Moir Messervy, the staircase features locally mined Goshen stone steps. Its terraces and walks are interspersed with cascading banks of perennials and dwarf evergreens. Messervy included massive Goshen stone boulders as "perching stones," allowing visitors, or even small classes, to sit in the garden. The staircase was designed to “feel like a flowing cascade” of stone leading to the 1904 Garden.

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