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Durfee Conservatory and Morrill Greenhouses Open House

Event Details

October 25—October 26, 2019 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Durfee Conservatory

Room: and Morrill Greenhouses

UMass Amherst Campus

Experience getaways at the UMass Durfee Conservatory and Morrill Greenhouses. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of campus, the Durfee Conservatory is a sanctuary of peace and serenity. Constructed in 1867, the Conservatory houses five different plant collections, all of which astound with their beauty and vitality.

The Morrill Greenhouses are home to one of the many UMass natural history collections and botanical treasures that typically can only be seen by traveling to distant, hard to reach places.

From extremely unusual, rare conifers to the Welwitschia mirabilis that grows in the Namib Desert, the Greenhouses and Conservatory enables visitors to transport themselves around the world without leaving Amherst.

Register today to participate in special guided tours setting off at 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at the Durfee Conservatory.

Sign up early—registration will close on October 18.

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To get to the Durfee from I-91: Take Route 9 exit in Northhampton. Head East on Route 9 to Amherst. Turn left on Pleasant Street and drive through town. Turn left at Triangle Street (3rd Traffic light). This street will then turn into North Pleasant Street. At the second light turn right, then immediately turn right again at the first street you come to, and follow signs to the hospital. Look for parking on the street before the hospital or in the lot to your left by the Franklin Dining Commons. The Durfee Conservatory is NOT the green house immediately next to the parking lot, but can be found by walking past this green house. Look for the wooden sign, and the neon pink pillars.To get to the Durfee from I-90 (The Mass Pike): Take the Palmer exit off of the Pike, and follow the signs to Amherst and UMass. You will follow 181 to 202 North to Route 9 West. When you reach Amherst, turn right onto Pleasant Street and follow the instructions as above from the fourth line.Parking for vistors to Durfee: There are 4 parking spaces in the Durfee/University Health Services parking lot for Durfee visitors.

Event Category

Alumni Homecoming