Garden History

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life is a combination of Dickinson’s biography and descriptions of eighteenth-century gardening.



The importance of plants to Emily Dickinson’s writing is captured by a garden tour through the seasons of her life. The verses that contain plant names follow information about the various perennials, trees, annuals, and bulbs to which the poems allude. Sketches and photographs illustrate the Dickinson estate, family, friends, and the gardens’ heirloom plants. Each plant included in her herbarium and those grown in the garden are also listed in the “Emily Dickinson’s Plants” section.