"In these pages, you are beside Emily Dickinson's elbow--feeling the dense heat of summer, learning the skills of an ultra-observant plantswoman, finding the poetry in nature." --Tovah Martin, author of The Gardenin Every Sense and Season
Emily Dickinson was a keen observer of the natural world, but less well known is the fact that she was also an avid gardener--sending fresh bouquets to friends, including pressed flowers in her letters, and studying botany at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke. At her family home, she tended both a small glass conservatory and a flower garden.
In Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, award-winning author Marta McDowell explores Dickinson's deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing. Tracing a year in the garden, the book reveals details few know about Dickinson and adds to our collective understanding of who she was as a person. By weaving together Dickinson's poems, excerpts from letters, contemporary and historical photography, and botanical art, McDowell offers an enchanting new perspective on one of America's most celebrated but enigmatic literary figures.
About the AuthorView
Marta McDowell teaches at the New York Botanical Gardens. A frequent lecturer at local garden clubs and arboretums, including the Horticultural Society of New York and the Chautauqua Institution, her gardening articles have been published in the New York Times and" "Woman's Day.