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March 2, 2017

Spring is here!

Mount Holyoke College

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A warm breeze, the unmistakable scent of life and growth, the riot of colors in the blooms of early flowers — all are welcome harbingers of warmer, brighter days to come. That’s perhaps why the traditional Mount Holyoke College Flower Show remains a perennial (ahem) favorite among Western Massachusetts residents.

This week, the College invites the winter-weary community to enjoy a festivity of flowers at its 55th annual spring flower showcase, opening Saturday and running through March 19 at the Talcott Greenhouse. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The greenhouse is wheelchair-accessible.


This year's theme is “spring pools.” The central bench of the greenhouse will feature three still-water features surrounded by cut branches budding with early flowers and a selection of tulips, daffodils, narcissus, hydrangeas and more.

“We work all year on developing this show, from coming up with the theme, to ordering and potting up thousands of bulbs, to timing it just right so that everything is blooming for the show,” said Thomas Clark, director and curator of the Botanic Garden. “It's a huge team effort involving all Botanic Garden staff, our student workers as well as some help from Facilities Management.”

The flower show takes part in one wing of the greenhouse, but Clark hopes visitors will be enticed to explore the entire botanic garden, including the outdoor gardens, to take in the sights — and smells — of the coming spring.

“It’s such a welcome sight after the long winter,” he said. “I enjoy being able to bring people this joy every year.”

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Mount Holyoke is a women's college that is gender diverse: We welcome applications from female, transgender and nonbinary students. Mount Holyoke is a magnet for ambitious, independent students from around the world who embrace complexity, cultivate curiosity and resolve to become agents of change. Our tight-knit community is academically rigorous, intellectually adventurous and socially conscious. As one of the most diverse research liberal arts colleges in the United States, Mount Holyoke prepares students for leadership and cultural awareness on a global scale. Mount Holyoke graduates thrive in all fields, on all continents and in a vast array of languages.