The Gardening Life of Emily Dickinson
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The Gardening Life of Emily Dickinson

Settle in with a cup of warm tea or coffee as Marta delights us with and illuminating talk featuring her newest book on Emily Dickinson. In addition to writing poetry, The Belle of Amherst was a gardener. Emily cultivated flowers on her father’s property and in the glass conservatory that he added to the Homestead. This lecture explores Dickinson’s gardens through excerpts of her letters, poems, and historic and modern images of her garden.

Enjoy Marta McDowell’s illuminating video presentation for Greenwood Gardens featuring the gardening life of Emily Dickinson. Click on the image below to view the video:

Photo by Mike Medieros courtesy of the Emily Dickinson Museum

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She shares her garden with her husband, Kirke Bent, their crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times. Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel.