The Poetry of Flowers

The Poetry of Flowers

Narcissus spp., Primula vulgaris, Rosa canina, Crataegus monogyna, Vinca major. Ooooo, the names of flowers slip off the tongue and beg for poetry to drip from fingertips! It’s time to get flowery! In this four-week class, we will study various flowers by learning their given names, their meanings, their texture, the scent. We will write poetry using various forms (sonnet, villanelle, glossa, hai bun, ode, etc.) motivated by the hypnotic inspiration of flowers. Poems make delightful gifts! Use the poems we write and share in class as gifts for loved ones. Keep the flowers for yourself – fill your house with sweet scents and gorgeous colours!

Each two-hour class includes the study of the flower, discussion, writing, sharing and feedback. Real flowers provided by Jeanette Florist. Each week, we will get two or three different flowers each – to have and to hold, to smell and to admire, to research and to write about! (And to keep!)

*Please let us know if you are ALLERGIC to any flowers!

DATES: TUESDAYS IN MAY – 10, 17, 24, 31

TEACHER: Vanessa Shields


LOCATION: Gertrude’s Writing Room, Willistead Park, The Coach House

COST: $150.00 – PAY VIA E-TRANSFER (to

TO REGISTER, EMAIL with subject line: I WANNA GET FLOWERY. Please include your FULL NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER in the body of the email. Please include the name of your favourite flower in the email as well!

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Class size limited to 5 writers.

Nobody knows this little Rose–

It might a pilgrim be

Did I not take it from the ways

And lift it up to thee

from EMILY DICKINSON, Nobody Knows This Little Rose