Celebrate National Poetry Month with Garden Haiku

We all remember first learning about haiku in grade school with the familiar pattern of three phrases written in five, seven, and five syllables. As I developed this year’s Words in Bloom: A Year of Haiku program, I learned that the world of haiku is an expansive one with many forms. Designed to be “one breath” poems with a focus on nature, haiku has the power to strike an emotional chord.

Collaborating with the Midwest Region of the Haiku Society of America, the Chicago Botanic Garden put out a call for submissions for haiku poems. After careful review of hundreds of submissions, we’re excited to share our selected poems from Garden enthusiasts everywhere for National Poetry Month.

Get lost in these beautiful haiku poems paying tribute to the Helen and Richard Thomas English Walled Garden for spring and early summer.

English Walled Garden haiku

wisteria season
my teenage son
begins a conversation

Sandra Simpson, New Zealand

thyme growing
between garden bricks
I imagine you all grown

Deborah P Kolodji, Temple City, California

much ado
about everything ...
rambling rose

Cynthia Cechota, Dubuque, Iowa

early June
the elusive scent
of a rose named “Peace”

Lesley Anne Swanson, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

wedding day—

the unexpected hummingbird

through the pergola

Michael Dylan Welch, Sammamish, Washington

 old cistern

the deep echo

of herstory

Roberta Beary, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

 hedge door

a sunbeam illuminates

my footprint

Deb Koen, Rochester, New York

this floating world

white dogwoods

in morning fog

Nancy Shires, Greenville, North Carolina

in a flurry

of cherry blossom pink

mother blows us a kiss

Jill Whalen, Waukesha, Wisconsin


Kristie Webber
Director, Interpretive Programs
April 16, 2020


Cherry blossom rise

Cherry blossom rise
Snowdrops announce the Spring's birth
Winter slow resigns

Marius Alexandru, Chicago, USA

A Divine Essence

Love is a flower
spreading beautiful perfume
a divine essence

Marius Alexandru, Chicago, USA

I love this poetry! Great idea

How lovely to be here among friends old and new!

Congratulations to all the poets. They have added another dimension to the English Walled Garden. They can be read again and again and are so lovely with the flowers and foliage.

Wonderful work, wonderful presentation!


Thank you to the Chicago Botanic Garden for this delightful project. It's a great honour to be involved.