Smith Botanical Garden

The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Drupal | Nonprofit | Education

The Botanic Garden of Smith College fosters environmental and social justice through teaching and learning about plants, people, and place. They do this by curating plant collections that help us tell stories about plant and human diversity.

BGSC reached out to Elytra Design and our drupal partner, Redfin Solutions, to transform their dated html website into a responsive Drupal CMS site. They asked us to maintain the traditional essence of this 125+ year old Botanic Garden. This classic website remains one of our favorites!


After several weeks of research and discovery we began to implement a plan to bring not only the beauty of the gardens to the general public, but also the educational and research importance to the academic and scientific communities.

  • Discovery meetings
  • Web Strategy
  • Content Strategy
  • User Experience Design
  • Visual Design
  • Logo refresh
  • Advanced “search the collections”
  • Content Management System (CMS) build
  • Drupal CMS training


The website launched with a beautiful and fresh design, featuring the magnificence of the gardens and conservatory, and with respect for its founding in 1895. This website is rich with:

  • Photo galleries
  • Events pages
  • News & announcements
  • Search the collections
  • Spotlight

The new site was received with praise by the Smith community of students and faculty, the local community of avid gardeners, scientists, and botanists at large.

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