Haiku Hopes in the Winter Garden

Neighbors, “Hi there!”

The garden in winter misses your flair for on-point expression.  How it longs to ponder the length of your shadow against her roughened patches of quieted earth.  How her northern winds beckon you to lean, to listen for what direction to go next.  How her paper-whites outstretch their bulbous roots to meet you half way to the ground. And when her fields smile, their wide-mouth opens to hope. Eagerly, she holds her breath, so that you’ll pause and look beyond your cares into her farthest horizon.

Let’s create a private refuge where we can ask how this New Year’s winter Sun, Wind, Rain will inspire your own Haiku Afternoon.  Come let us tend to a fire that “could ever equal sunshine on a winter’s day” in keeping with Thoreau’s perspective.

Let’s build a hidden sanctuary from the nakedness of the deciduous to the deep shiver-for-company in the tall rosemary. Let’s bridge the gulf between people and nature reminding us there is a season for everything. Let’s risk writing past Basho’s lonely ‘radishes’ by tuning our sensory acuity to different places, plants and hues of color.

When the winter chrysanthemums go,
There’s nothing to write about
But radishes.           
– Basho

Haiku writing is our objective, but our intention is to write and share as if toasting the botanicals!  Your guide, poet Jayne McPherson, will introduce traditional and modern haiku and offer exercises to open and engage the senses.

For all ages, this is a shared, fun invitation to experience nature’s harmony.  We hope to cultivate a deep appreciation for the power of nature to contribute to our well-being.

Writing is rewarding but haiku writing is the toast of a soiree!

This free workshop has a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 32. This soiree is offered to all ages and children under 14 may sign up with an adult. Please bring pen and paper or your preferred writing supplies.


Feb 07 2024


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Questions? email info@maringarden.org or call 415-455-5260


Livermore Pavilion
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957

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