Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

April is  National Poetry Month and May has a host of garden events, such as National Wildflower Week (May 2-9) or Garden Meditation Day on May 3.  So, what could be better than combining the two.

The New York Botanical Garden is doing just that.  From April 30 through June 13, the exhibit is Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.  According to an article in the New York Times, “Emily Dickinson once called herself a ‘Lunatic on Bulbs’, referring to her passion for daffodils, hyacinth and other spring perennials”.  Although no trace of her original plantings survive, the Garden staff used its imagination to recreate Dickinson’s garden using plants that would have been popular in Massachusetts at the time.

The article from the Times describes the exhibit better than I can.   You can also find out more information on the New York Botanical Garden website.  (Of course, the Syosset Public Library does have museum passes to the Garden.  So take advantage of it.)

If you are interested in reading her poetry or finding out more about Emily Dickinson, you can browse our collection or use our databases.  Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.

I’m planning on seeing the exhibit.  I hope you will as well.

-posted by Ed G., Reference Librarian

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