Emily Dickinson was a keen observer of the natural world, but less well known is the fact that she was also an avid gardener -sending fresh bouquets to friends, including pressed flowers in her letters, and studying botany at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke. At her family home, she tended both a small glass conservatory and a flower garden. In Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, award-winning author Marta McDowell explores Dickinson’s deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing. Tracing a year in the garden, the book reveals details few know about Dickinson and adds to our collective understanding of who she was as a person. By weaving together Dickinson’s poems, excerpts from letters, contemporary and historical photography & botanical art, McDowell offers an enchanting new perspective on one of America’s most celebrated but enigmatic literary figures.
For The Love Of Dickinson, enthusiasts can visit the Emily Dickinson Museum ~which comprises two historic houses + garden in Massachusetts with programs dedicated to amplifying Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home. Open March ~ December.