Her Garden

The flower show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory features a re-creation of Dickinson’s own mid-19th-century New England flower garden, an interpretation curators have been able to craft from extensive research and careful reading of her poems and notes. On display are Dickinson’s favorite plants, including daisies, daylilies, tulips, roses, jasmine, and many others, giving witness to how she may have felt in the surroundings that inspired so much of her poetry.

Visitors can stroll through a representation of the Homestead, where Dickinson lived, and past a representation of her brother’s house, the Evergreens, which is also on the family property in Amherst, Massachusetts. Between the two houses is a re-creation of the beloved wooded pathway, which was, in Dickinson’s words, “just wide enough for two who love.”

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