Garden Days 2017

Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017

Celebrate the beauty of spring during Garden Days at the Emily Dickinson Museum! A variety of activities await visitors during the first weekend of June: One can tend the historic landscape, learn about the ongoing archaeological work, and enjoy a talk and tour by garden historian and horticulturalist Marta McDowell. 

Volunteer in the Garden

As warmer temperatures arrive in Amherst, Emily’s garden begs to be tended. We invite you to join a group of volunteers from Amherst and beyond who return each year to aid in the cultivation and growth of the historic Dickinson family landscape. You do not need to be an expert gardener for this “all levels” program. Learn from volunteers who have tended the gardens and be a part of a new generation of caretakers for this precious piece of land in the heart of Amherst. 

Garden volunteer times:

Friday, June 2 from 9AM-1PM

Saturday, June 3 from 9AM-2:30PM with facilitation by Marta McDowell

Volunteers should sign-up in advance for either or both days by e-mailing

Garden Days programs:

During Garden Days, volunteers will have the chance to tour the archeological field school occurring at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Volunteers can also attend Marta McDowell's Friday evening talk and tour at the Museum, "The Products of My Farm are these”.

About Marta McDowell:

Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel led Marta to Emily Dickinson for Emily Dickinson's Gardens and children's author/illustrator Beatrix Potter for Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life. In 2017, All the Presidents' Gardens, a book that relates the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds, made The New York Times bestseller list and won an American Horticultural Society book award. Marta's latest, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series. Marta also scripted the Emily Dickinson Museum's landscape audio tour, and was an advisor for the New York Botanical Garden's 2010 show, "Emily Dickinson's Gardens: The Poetry of Flowers."