2013 Programs

Homestead garden
Homestead Garden

Garden Days
Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Join us for our annual celebration of Emily Dickinson's love of gardening!  Three opportunities await:


Time:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday-Wednesday
AND 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum gardens
Fee: No

Work in the Dickinson family gardens under the direction of Marta McDowell, landscape historian and author of Emily Dickinson's Gardens.

This year's projects will focus on the Homestead, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.   Garden volunteers will have a chance to work in the area of the Dickinsons' conservatory, in the large garden beds, and in the garden bed near the Museum's welcome sign.

Come for one, two, or all three days.  Sign up by contacting Cindy Dickinson at csdickinson@emilydickinsonmuseum.org OR just show up, and bring a friend! Garden days proceed light rain or shine (bring your own gloves and hand-tools if you have them; if not, extra will be available).


Time:  Monday, June 3, 5:30 pm
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum gardens
Fee: No

Take an informal tour of the Dickinson landscape with Marta McDowell.  Marta will be happy to talk more about the Dickinsons and their gardens and to answer your gardening questions.  No registration required.


Time:  Wednesday, June 5, 4 pm
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee: No

Garden Week will conclude with a thank-you tea for our volunteers.  Neil Soderstrom will join us to share photos of the Dickinson gardens that he has taken over several years.  His work is featured in the most recent issue of Horticulture. The general public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Cindy Dickinson, 413-542-8429 or csdickinson@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

Marta McDowell
Marta McDowell


Marta McDowell lives, gardens and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She teaches landscape history and gardening at the New York Botanical Garden, where she was named “Instructor of the Year” in 2011. Her book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005, and she was an advisor for the New York Botanical Garden’s 2010 show. Her book on Beatrix Potter’s gardening interests is due out from Timber Press in October 2013. Marta is active in the Chatham Community Garden and is on the board of the NJ Historical Foundation at the Cross Estate in Bernardsville.

Her husband, Kirke Bent, summarizes her biography as “I am therefore I dig.”