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Walk In The Park With Emily Dickinson

Thursday, April 29, 2010

While widely known for her lush poetry, Emily Dickinson also had a killer green thumb. Along with her writing, she put a lot of time and energy into tending the garden at her Amherst, Massachusetts home.

In honor of her passion for plants and poetry, the New York Botanical Garden opened today "Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers."

The show includes a large-scale re-reaction of the poet’s garden, artifacts from her life and a "poetry walk," which features her writings on big poster boards throughout the garden paths. Visitors can read along, or listen to an audio tour as they stroll. Each poem sits near the flowers that inspired them.

Sigourney Weaver and Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the opening ceremonies in the Bronx. They also recited poems as part of the annual Poem In Your Pocket Day. The citywide celebration encourages New Yorkers to carry a poem in their pocket to share.

The exhibit is open until June 13.

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