Marta Macdowell and a volunteer work in Dickinson's garden

Garden Days 2023
Friday, June 2 & Saturday, June 3


“New feet within my garden go –
New fingers stir the sod–


Emily's garden with Homestead in the background

Come celebrate the beauty of late spring during Garden Days at the Emily Dickinson Museum! As summer temperatures arrive in Amherst, Emily’s garden begs to be tended. Join a group of fellow volunteers to aid in the cultivation of the historic Dickinson landscape. You do not need to be an expert gardener for this “all levels” program. Learn from volunteers who have tended the gardens in the past and become part of a new generation of caretakers. During Garden Days, participants will help to weed, divide older perennials, plant new perennials and annuals, edge flower beds, and more! 

All are welcome, no gardening experience required. Garden Days runs rain or shine!

Volunteers are encouraged to bring the following if they have them:
– Gloves
– Clean hand trowel and clipper
– Bucket
– Kneeling pad
– Water bottle
– Comfortable footwear
– Sun protection

Garden Days spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. This program is run over the course of two days, and participants may choose one of the following sessions:

Session 1: Friday, June 2 1:00 – 4:30pm ET

Session 2: Saturday, June 3  9:00 am – 12:30pm ET

Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of their session.

This in-person program is free to attend. Registration is required. 


Virtual Group Tour Request

Thank you for your interest in booking a virtual program with the Emily Dickinson Museum! We look forward to working with you.

Please review our Virtual Group Tour Policies before submitting your request.

Our current pricing:

$250 Speaker Fee per session


(Expected or approximate number of live program attendees)
(If different than tour coordinator. Tour host must be present on the teleconferencing platform for the duration of your event.)
Please list up to 3 preferred dates or a range of dates for your virtual tour.
Please let us know about your group so that we can plan the best experience for you. You can also use this space to list any accessibility needs or additional requirements for the booking.
Group Tours

Group Tours

Due to space restrictions, parties of 9 or larger who would like to visit together are asked to book a group tour. The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes groups of 9-25 people to explore the rich world of Emily Dickinson through pre-planned guided experiences. Groups over 10 will be asked to divide into separate tours with staggered start times during their visit. A Museum staff member will work with you to create a memorable experience tailored to your group’s interests, exploring Emily Dickinson’s poetry, place, and lasting legacy.

Group tour reservations are now available for spring 2023 and beyond. For K-12 and College groups, please visit our Education section. Homeschool groups, scout troops, and community non-profit groups that provide education and skill-building for registered student participants may also qualify as an Educational tour.

For virtual program requests, please scroll to the bottom of this page.


  • Advance reservation is required for all groups. Reservation requests should be made at least three weeks in advance.
  • Please complete our Group Tour Request Form here.
  • A staff member will confirm your group tour reservation by providing an agreement form and invoice.

Please review our Accessibility page before making your reservation request. Let us know of any access needs when you fill out your group tour request form so we can work with you to create the best experience for your group.

Group leaders are responsible for reading the Group Tour Policies and communicating Museum expectations to all group members.

Questions? Call 413.542.5073 or e-mail

“This Was a Poet”

45-minute guided tour of the Homestead (Emily Dickinson’s house)

  • Introduction to Dickinson’s life and revolutionary poetry, with an emphasis on sharing her own poems and letters
  • Includes the parlors, library, Dickinson’s bedroom, and Dickinson’s mother’s room


Adult $17
Youth (17 and Under) $7
Caregiver/Personal Attendant Free

Non-refundable deposit due 1 week after date of invoice: 50%

Final numbers are due 2 weeks prior to the scheduled tour date. Please note that groups will be asked to pay a fixed minimum equal to the cost of 9 visitors, even if group size decreases after booking.

Virtual Group Tours

Is your organization or community group unable to travel to the Museum? Let us bring Emily Dickinson’s world to you! 

“This Was a Poet”: A Virtual Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum

Enjoy a virtual “armchair” tour of the home of renowned 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson. The Museum comprises two historic houses. You’ll visit the Homestead where Dickinson was born in 1830, produced nearly 2,000 poems, and died in 1886. Next door, you’ll get a special peek into The Evergreens, an untouched Victorian interior that was home to the poet’s brother, beloved sister-in-law Susan, and their children. Through this live talk shared over Zoom and accompanied by images of the Amherst houses, landscape, and historic interiors, your tour guide will transport you into the very rooms where Dickinson found her inspiration.  Along the way, you’ll learn about the poet and her family’s daily life through her own words.

Virtual Tours can be offered at 45- or 60-minutes with an optional 15-minute Q&A. Museum guides access virtual group tours using their own videoconferencing technology and will screenshare and advance their own powerpoint presentation. You will be asked to host and provide the videoconferencing platform for this program.


$250 Speaker Fee per session


  • Please use the Virtual Group Tour Request Form to request a session for your group.
  • Requests must be made at least three weeks in advance.
  • A Museum Staff member will be in touch to schedule your program and work with you to create a memorable experience for your group.

Read the Virtual Group Tour Policies here before submitting your request.

Questions? Email