I'm interested in American Literature of the 1800's--Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne--and many of the lesser known female poets.

I started my gardening after buying a home with no landscaping--no grass, trees, flowers or shrubs--and wanted to created a poetic space on our fourteen acres. With that goal in mind, I turned to one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson, a lover of the garden--domestic and wild--for inspiration and knowledge. It was Emily who inspired my new-found love of bulbs. She also inspired me to build a conservatory. Now that I can sit back a little bit, I'm pouring over her original Herbarium and manuscripts to get a more personal inside look at Emily, the person, minus editors and interpreters--and find out how her "form", both in poetry and gardening, influenced one another.