Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

April 30 – June 13, 2010

Discover Emily Dickinson, the gardener who became the poet.

Experience one of America’s most treasured poets as never before in Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers. Enjoy a magnificent array of daisies, roses, tulips, lilacs, daylilies, and dozens of other flowers that inspired many of Dickinson’s poems. Learn about her life, her garden, and her writings.

The New York Botanical Garden will present readings of all of Dickinson’s poetry on the opening weekend during The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers is co-presented with the Poetry Society of America.

  • Her Garden: Tour her Victorian home and garden re-created in the Conservatory filled with tulips, lilacs, lilies, and more.
  • Her Poetry: Stroll through Garden paths and read some of Dickinson’s most famous works surrounded by the flowers that inspired them.
  • Her Life: Discover an engaging perspective through letters, artifacts, books, and images in the Gallery exhibition.

Don’t miss poetry readings, live theater, and gardening demonstrations during our featured weekends:

  • Opening celebration: April 30 – May 2
  • Mother’s Day: May 8 – 9
  • Closing celebration: June 12 – 13

Bring the kids! The Children’s Poetry Garden in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is full of activities for the whole family. Kids can start their own herbarium, just as Emily Dickinson did when she was young, and record their nature experiences with words and pictures.


National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom

The Kurt Berliner Foundation

This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Exhibitions in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library are made possible by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.