2011 Programs

Marta McDowell
Marta McDowell

Saturday, June 18, 2011
"Nosegays of Twilight and ... Nosegays of Dawn"
Flower Workshop with Marta McDowell

Time:  2-4 pm
Location: Amherst Woman's Club, 36 Triangle Street
Fee (includes materials):  $15 (Museum members:  $12)

Emily Dickinson made nosegays for her friends and family -- she even used them to send messages.  Learn about the history of nosegays and their connections to the poet and her world.  Then make a nosegay of your own!  Materials will be provided, but please bring a scissors, pruning shears if you have them, and your favorite pen to write with.  Join landscape historian and gardener Marta McDowell as she returns to Amherst for her annual garden-related program.  To register, contact Nan Fischlein, program coordinator, at nfischlein@emilydickinsonmuseum.org. or 413-542-2034.

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey.  Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Fine 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

Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel led McDowell to the poet Emily Dickinson.  McDowell's book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005.  If you visit the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, you can stroll the grounds with a landscape audio tour that McDowell scripted in 2007.  McDowell has also presented numerous programs on landscapes and gardens at the Emily Dickinson Museum. 

McDowell teaches landscape history and preservation at the New York Botanical Garden and Drew University and served on the Advisory Committee for the New York Botanical Garden's 2010 "Emily Dickinson's Garden" exhibition.

Title quotation from Dickinson's letter 412.