Marta Macdowell and a volunteer work in Dickinson's garden

Summer Garden Days 2024
July – October


My Garden — like the Beach —
Denotes there be — a Sea —
That’s Summer —
Such as These — the Pearls
She fetches — such as Me


The Emily Dickinson Museum gardens call for maintenance all season long! Come be a part of the cultivation and growth of the historic Dickinson family landscape. Join a small group of volunteers for a Monday morning of Summer or Fall tending. Participants will help to weed, deadhead, plant new annuals, and more. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome!

2024 Garden Sessions:
  • July 29th  9am – 12pm ET
  • August 26th  9am – 12pm ET
  • October 7th  9am – 12pm ET

Spots are limited; advance registration is required.

To register for one or more sessions, please email with your name and the date you wish to volunteer. Staff will be in touch to confirm your participation.

Garden sessions will take place rain or shine! In extreme conditions, sessions may be canceled or rescheduled to the following Friday. Participants are expected to stay for the duration of their session.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring the following if they have them:

  • Gloves
  • Clean hand trowel and clippers
  • Bucket
  • Kneeling pad
  • Water bottle
  • Snack
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Sun protection

This in-person program is free to attend. Please email for session availability.

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