Emily Dickinson’s Garden at the New York Botanical Garden

May 24, 2010

Dickinson's Daffodils

Dickinson's Daffodils

Co-presented with The Poetry Society of America

Friday, April 30–Sunday, June 13, 2010

Discover the gardener who became the poet.

Experience the life and works of one of America’s most treasured poets as never before at the New York Botanical Garden.

  • Her Garden: Tour her Victorian Homestead re-created in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with tulips, lilacs, lilies, and more.
  • Her Poetry: Stroll along garden paths and read some of Dickinson’s most famous works near the flowers that inspired them.
  • Her Life: Be immersed in an interactive perspective through photographs, watercolors and books in a Gallery exhibition.

Dickinson loved flowering bulbs.  In a thank you note for a gift of bulbs she wrote:  “I have long been a Lunatic on Bulbs, though screened by my friends, as Lunacy on any theme is better undivulged…They came in happy safety, and rest in their subterranean Home.”

Dickinson's Daisies

Dickinson's Daisies

Dickinson frequently associated herself with flowers.  In her letters she often referred to herself as “Daisy.”  In Dickinson’s day, the daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) signified innocence.

Poppies in Emily's Garden

Poppies in Emily's Garden

“I was reared in the garden you know.” – Emily Dickinson




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