Botanic Garden of Smith College cancels annual Spring Bulb show

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Smith College has canceled its annual Botanic Garden Bulb Show due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

The annual show was scheduled to be open from Saturday, March 7 to Sunday, March 22.

“It’s scary, but I’m glad Smith is taking the precautions to keep students safe,” Smith College sophomore, Giulia Guisa said.

The show is a Smith College tradition that began in the early 1900s. In October, Smith College students potted bulbs and placed them into the cold storage. By January, the bulbs are moved into the greenhouses and bloom just in time for the show with careful timing and temperature controls.

“I think the chances of it spreading here at low but I do agree with the school that putting these precautions in place right now is a good idea,” Smith College student, Jamie Lord said.

Last month, a couple smith college students went into self-quarantine for concerns of having coronavirus for precautionary measures. It turned out to just be a cold.

There are no suspected or confirmed cases on the Smith College campus. All Smith-sponsored international travel is canceled until May 1 and all public events with an expected attendance of 50 or higher are suspended.

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