Museum-Grade Hydrangeas

Posted by mrssmythe on July 13, 2016 in Garden, Museums |

We stopped in at the Springfield Museums earlier this week and took a look at the gardens. As usual, the hydrangeas are enormous. These have got to be the biggest hydrangea blooms I’ve ever seen. (That’s Ginger’s hand in the photo, by the way. I thought it would help you get an idea of the scale […]


The 4th Annual Festival of Flowers

Posted by mrssmythe on April 7, 2016 in Art, Museums, Out & About |

It’s Festival of Flowers time again at the Springfield Museums. The girls and I dropped by this morning to see all of the flowers while they were still fresh and at their loveliest. It was a shot of welcome color on an otherwise drab and rainy morning. My hands-down favorite was the first thing I […]

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If You’re Already the Missing Flowers…

Posted by mrssmythe on October 27, 2015 in Garden, Museums, Seasons |

If, like me, you’re already missing flowers, head to the Springfield Museums. The quadrangle is lovely right now, and there are things still in bloom!  Imagine my surprise today when I stumbled onto a bed of pristine black-eyed susans! They’re part of a new-ish butterfly garden outside of the Science Museum, and they’re still in excellent […]

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Afternoon at the Beneski

Posted by mrssmythe on September 4, 2015 in Museums, Out & About |

Today, the girls and I went to the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. I include a picture of the building here, so that, unlike me, you won’t get horribly lost and stumble around for twenty minutes trying to find the place. I’m not sure why I had so much trouble. I had an iPhone […]

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Curiosities and American Impressionism

Posted by mrssmythe on August 26, 2015 in Art, Museums |

The girls and I headed to the Springfield Museums on Tuesday, eager to see the new “Cabinets of Curiosity” exhibit which just opened at the Smith Museum. How could we resist a collection of “rarely seen” objects pulled from the vast (and undoubtedly fascinating) Museum storage vaults? Oh how I wish I’d had a better camera. […]

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