Volunteering in the Emily Dickinson Museum Garden in 2018

“New feet within my garden go,

New fingers stir the sod” (Fr 79)

Museum Homestead foregrounded by pink flowers

 By sharing their time and talents, garden volunteers bring new life to the historic Dickinson landscape. The Museum’s three acres are home to beds of fragrant, old-fashioned flowers; fine specimen trees; and an heirloom orchard where a certain poet would be pleased to “keep the Sabbath, staying at Home.”

A variety of work is available for experienced gardeners as well as those still cultivating their green thumbs. We hope you will join us for one – or all – of our drop-in garden volunteer days this season.


  •  Invitation to exclusive volunteer events and discounted or free admission to Garden series programs
  • Opportunities to learn from the Gardener-in-residence and museum staff
  • Fun with fellow gardening & poetry enthusiasts!

To sign up for a volunteer day, please e-mail: edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call 413-542-2034. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their own gloves, trowels, and pruners; a limited supply will be available for those who need them.


Garden Volunteer Meet-and-Greet

A stack of lavender shortbread cookies in front of teacups.

Friday, May 4, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street, Amherst

All interested garden volunteers are invited to a preview of the season’s coming plantings and programs. Meet fellow volunteers, museum staff, and Gardener-in-residence Marta McDowell, while enjoying light refreshments.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Please e-mail edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call 413-542-2034 to RSVP.



Photo by Turku Gingerbread