Collecting flowers and identifying plants was something a lot of girls and women would do in Emily Dickinsons time.The famous writer and poet started collecting her garden flowers and plants in a journal when she was young. The wildflowers and trees, the bees and birds, the changing of the seasons, the transistion of the times of day, provided the poet with a constant source of inspiration and companionship. “My flowers are near and foreign, and I have but to cross the floor to stand in the Spice Isles” (1845)

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886
Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium, Volume 1
Collection Harvard University