Monday, May 3, 2010

Gardener Poet

"Emily Dickinson once called herself a “a Lunatic on Bulbs,” referring to her passion for daffodils, hyacinth and other spring perennials, which she raised indoors in winter in her family home in Amherst, Mass. And a lunatic she probably seemed to neighbors who spied her gardening by moonlight on summer evenings in the flower beds behind the house."

- The New York Times

Above is the opening paragraph of "Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers," an article written by Holland Cotter reviewing a show that opened Friday at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Gardening. Poetry. Emily D. What's not to make me want to fly across the country and walk through Emily's recreated garden - something I know would be magical? Especially during the Spring. I know it would really inspire me. From afar, I will simply have to rely on her poems and smell the blissful flowers -- where I am.

Photograph and italicized excerpt from here.


  1. perfectly beautiful. i remember taking an emily d class in college and feeling almost unenduringly inspired. thanks for posting this.

  2. magical indeed!

    i hope to see you again soon. i'm eating the spicy nuts right now. yum xo

  3. oooh! i can't wait to see this. make the trip and we'll go together :) xo