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Emily Dickinson's Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and Gardener
Discusses the inspiration of gardens and flowers on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, in an illustrated gift volume that features excerpts from Dickinson's poetry and letters, historical details on the poet's life and horticultural interests, and instructions, plans, design ideas, plant sources, and growing tips for readers wishing to create a Dickins
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 20th 2004 by McGraw-Hill
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Meh, the idea was nice but the execution had no soul. I liked the old black and white photos of her house but it would have been better with more substance all 'round. None of the good ideas were carried to fruition. And the pale green text was hard to see. Should have not only mentioned her favorite garden and wildflowers but everything else she grew in her garden (flowerng vines, trees, fruits and vegetables, herbs) and then modern photos of each with info about each. And more poetry. There wa ...more
I feel like Emily Dickinson is my spirit guide. This book was perfect for me, combining floribunda anecdotes interspersed with posies of poetry. Reading it was like lazing on a cloud and counting daisies. Literary luxuriousness. Such a shame her life was snipped short, but how lucky we all are to still enjoy not only her poetic eloquence but also her naturalist passions...
I recently visited Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst Ma and was a little disappointed in the gardens. After looking through her herbarium book (there is a link through the Harvard Univ website for a digitalized view of this magnificent collection) I was expecting to feel some inspiration through the property gardens...the house and staff were great but I suppose I was looking for something along the gardens and didn't quite feel it. Then I bought Marta McDowell's book used as I don't think it i ...more
I live, garden and write in Chatham, New Jersey where I share my garden with my husband, Kirke, assorted wildlife and approximately 10,000 honey bees. You will often find me at the New York Botanical Garden, where I teach landscape history and gardening courses. My new book, All the Presidents' Gardens, is coming out from Timber Press in October 2016. (I'm excited!) When I'm not gardening I like t ...moreMore about Marta McDowell