Bloom: The Story of a Rose

A Botanically-Inspired Online Poetry Workshop

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 3:00 pm
Virtual Event on Zoom | 3pm Eastern Time

The Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry series and the U.S. Botanic Garden have partnered to create an online poetry workshop entitled Bloom that explores the natural world through poetry. 

From the soil to the petal, poet Jane Clarke and USBG Horticulturist Adam Pyle will explore roses in this generative poetry workshop. Participants will hear Jane read garden-inspired poetry and learn from Adam’s presentation as they create their own work. Participants will take inspiration from the USBG’s rose garden and their own surroundings as well as Jane's writing prompts. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will write and possibly share their own poems.

The cost for the workshop is $75, with a discount for Folger and U.S. Botanic Garden members and Folger subscribers. 

Spaces in the workshop are available for Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) participants and for those who can only participate on a sliding scale. Please contact Teri Cross Davis for more information. 

This program is a collaboration between the Folger Shakespeare Library and the U.S. Botanic Garden.



In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden

Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems. More than 200 years ago, George Washington had a vision for the capital city of the United States that included a botanic garden that would demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the United States. Since 1934, it has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol. 



Purchase Your Copy

The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run, women owned bookstore on Capitol Hill. Pickup is available at the shop, or they ship (almost) anywhere! Check their website,