Kickoff Weekend

The Emily Dickinson Big Read: From Beginning to End

April 30–May 2; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. each day

Perennial Garden

Participate in a three-day marathon reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems in chronological order, by authors, students, and surprise guests. Stop by to listen, or select some of your favorite Dickinson poems to read, and experience the longest poetry reading held at The New York Botanical Garden.

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The Belle of Amherst

May 1 & 2, 1 p.m.

Conservatory Lawn

Award-winning actress and author Barbara Dana stars in this play by William Luce. Set in Emily Dickinson's Massachusetts hometown, the one-woman production explores the life of the poet using her poems and letters to recollect encounters with family, friends, and acquaintances.

Those Old Grounds of Memory: Restoring Emily Dickinson’s Landscape

May 1, 4–5 p.m.

Ross Lecture Hall

Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, describes the history of the poet’s home and grounds, discusses current research on the remaining three acres, and explains the Museum’s efforts to revive and restore the poet’s landscape.

A Gardener’s Guide to Emily Dickinson

May 2

Ross Lecture Hall

During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson was better known as a gardener than as a poet. Take your own garden to poetic levels with this special presentation by author Marta McDowell, who shares Dickinson's life through flowers and inspires you to cultivate an Emily Dickinson garden of your own.

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