January 21, 2014
3:00 pmto4:00 pm

59360-MPLEASE NOTE: The book club has reached the limit for sign-ups. We hope you’ll check back often to see what other exciting programs are coming up – and you may want to read these wonderful books on your own.

Your garden is put to bed – and now is the perfect time to get cozy by the wood fire with books.   Director of Education Melissa Cullina has chosen four diverse books that blend the botanical and the literary – specially chosen for plant and nature enthusiasts like us! Gather around the Gardens’ fireside one Tuesday per month to discuss the book and enjoy tea and treats.  Please sign up, and then simply read and come to the Visitor Center on the discussion date to share what you’ve experienced through reading each book. 

January book:  Emily Dickinson’s Garden by Marta McDowell

Discussion Tuesday, January 21, at 3 pm

A woman who found great solace in gardens, Emily Dickinson filled her poetry with references to her flowers. Now, in Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, author Marta McDowell invites poetry and gardening lovers alike to explore the words and wildflowers of one of America’s best-loved poets.

Each chapter of this illustrated book follows a different season in the gardens, conservatories, and Amherst environs where the poet tended, collected, and drew inspiration from flowers.

“Here is a brighter garden” where you will discover:

  • Excerpts from Dickinson’s poetry and letters
  • Historical details about the poet’s life, emphasizing her horticultural interests
  • Instructions on how to create an Emily Dickinson garden of your own, including plans, design ideas, plant sources, and growing tips

Learn more about the Fireside Book Club.