Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about the timeless American writer Emily Dickinson, but more than 800 years after her death, what’s there left to know? Lots, apparently. Along with two new books about the reclusive writer, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is also paying tribute with Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers, which provides an extensive look into the life of Dickinson that includes a tour of her garden (a re-creation of her Victorian Homestead garden) with her famous works near the flowers that inspired them, and also an interactive perspective through photographs, watercolors, and books. This weekend, Christopher Benfey (Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others) and Jerome Charyn (The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson) will give a talk moderated by Alice Quinn, executive director of Poetry Society of America. PS: We’re leaving a special note for Dickinson’s ghost to read on her nightly strolls in the garden.

June 5-13, 2010