Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Timber Press 2019 hardcover
In these stressful times, something peaceful is nice. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy gardening, and Dickinson’s poetry, so it was a natural for me. I had it on a wish list, and received it for Christmas, and have been dipping into it now and then. Lately I’ve been spending more time with it and now I’m finished.
Dickinson lived in Amherst, MA her entire life, her father an attorney there and part founder of Amherst College, now part of the University of Massachusetts system.
The book is devoted to the home and gardens, with poetic pieces inserted, describing the flowers, shrubs and trees, thereon.
I’ve enjoyed both the historical perspective of the times and locations, as well as photographs of the area and the gardens. The poems are a bonus. Very relaxing and enjoyable.