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Emily Dickinson at the New York Botanical Garden

April 16, 2010

A sepal, petal, and a thorn
Upon a common summer’s morn —
A flask of Dew — A Bee or two —
A Breeze — a caper in the trees —
And I’m a Rose!

The New York Botanical Garden is recreating Emily Dickinson’s Victorian garden in their beautiful glass conservatory.  Tulips, lilacs, lilies and more will grow alongside her poetry so you can read as you walk through and experience the flowers that inspired her words. Surprisingly, during her lifetime, Dickinson was better known as a gardener than as a poet (maybe not so surprising given the prejudice against female authors at the time)!

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The show runs from  Friday, April 30–Sunday, June 13. It would be a great Mother’s Day (May 9) trip and they will have poetry readings, gardening demonstrations and live  theater to celebrate. See more about the exhibition here, on the New York Botanical Garden website.

The subject of Dickinson’s garden and how it has influenced her writing is also explored in the book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and Gardener.

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