POETRY for the Zen Garden

The creators of ZenGarden.club are continually discovering poems to inspire gardeners or bring pleasure to those who love gardens.  Many old favorites are here, along with some exciting new contributions from our talented members.  Some of the more famous poets include Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, William Shakespeare, Mary Oliver, William Wordsworth and Edna St. Vincent Millay. In addition to these beloved poets, our wonderful contemporary poets will surprise and delight you.


The Red-Robed Love – Blood Lily​

Member Adrin Jason tells us more about the conditions which grow the beautiful Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus): “I am from a semi-urban city named Tiruchirappalli in India. It is a part of the southern state Tamil Nadu located on the

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The Edges – A Poem by Deborah Mercer

I will sing of the edges. Of the places where stray seeds, wind and nature sown,are caught in the capricious dusk and dawn winds, blown,and waft, and dance, and whirl, and settle downand make their home on the edges of

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The Night-Blooming Cereus

The Night-Blooming Cereus — The plant world is full of wonders.  Amazing sights, scents and experiences abound for anyone who loves gardens and flowers. One of the highlights of a lifetime of loving plants has to be the opening of

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Hibiscus on the Lake

Hibiscus on the Lake  — The brilliant bold blooms of the red hibiscus are a perfect subject for poetry and paintings, in addition to being a great addition to any garden.  Water is also a theme loved by artists.  We

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Befriending Birds - Blue Sky and Birds Nests

Choices – A poem about befriending our birds

Choices – a poem about befriending our birds — Contemporary American poet Tess Gallagher tells of a moment she made an important choice.  This brief and brilliant poem reminds us once again that we are stewards of our gardens, our

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Poinsettias (Auchenflower)

POINSETTIAS (Auchenflower) — Whether midwinter “clutches on the skirts of” December or June, we gardeners especially love the flowers that bloom in winter!  The Australian poet Emily Bulcock celebrates the winter-blooming poinsettia in this poem from Auchenflower, a suburb of

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Wild Yam

Wild Yam  — Herbalist, gardener and poet Joyce Stahmann shares her love for the wild yam in this wonderful poem.  The wild yam has been used for centuries as a pain reliever and digestive aid. Joyce tell us more about

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