2010 Programs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Emily Dickinson’s Garden:  The Poetry of Flowers at the New York Botanical Garden
An excursion from Amherst to the Bronx, New York

The New York Botanical Garden

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Advance registration required; reservations will be taken through May 7. Fee is $65/person and includes round-trip bus transportation, admission to the garden, and a guided tour.
New York area residents, call for details to join us at the Garden.To register, please call Nan Fischlein at 413-542-2034. 

The Emily Dickinson Museum will sponsor an excursion to the New York Botanical Garden to see the special exhibition “Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.”  The exhibition opens on May 1 and runs through June 13.  The bus will depart from Amherst at 7:30 a.m. and return by 7:30 p.m.  The registration fee includes round-trip transportation between Amherst and the Garden, admission to the Garden, and a private guided tour.  To make a reservation, please contact Nan Fischlein, the museum’s program coordinator, at nfischlein@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or 413-542-2034.

During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) was as well known among her family and friends as a gardener than as a poet. Scholars have long speculated about her interest in plants, but this is the most comprehensive exhibition about Dickinson’s choice of specific plants and flowers in her writing.

The New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition includes a flower show, a library exhibition, and a poetry walk that will illuminate Dickinson’s life and work, the connections that exist between her life and poems, and her study and love of flowers and gardens.  Participants on the Emily Dickinson Museum bus trip will enjoy a guided tour as well as free time to explore the riches of the garden-wide Dickinson exhibition.

A highlight of the exhibition is a flower show in the Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory that will re-create a 19th-century New England flower garden, which curators have crafted from extensive research and careful reading of her poems and notes. On display will be daisies, daylilies, tulips, roses, lilies, jasmine, and many others. Visitors will stroll through a replica of the family property in Amherst, including the Homestead, The Evergreens, and the beloved pathway that joined the two houses.

In the Mertz Library Gallery, an exhibition of 60 fascinating objects—books, manuscripts, watercolors, and photographs telling the story of Emily Dickinson’s life—will provide a rare glimpse of the poet’s world, her reclusiveness, her adoration of flowers and plants, and her reluctance to share her poetry with outsiders.

On a special “Poetry Walk,” visitors will encounter more than 40 poetry boards and audio messages featuring Dickinson’s poems and the plants and flowers that inspired her to write them, including daffodils, roses, daisies, oaks, crabapples,and hemlocks.

Participants on the garden excursion will be responsible for their own meals.  The Garden does have several dining options, but visitors are also welcome to bring their own food. 

Primary collaborators on “Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers” are the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Poetry Society of America.  For more information about the New York Botanical Garden, please visit www.nybg.org.  For detailed information about accessibility, go directly to http://www.nybg.org/visit/accessibility.php.