Poetry in the Gardens

Montgomery Botanical Gardens, in conjunction with AARP, sponsored the first of a series of literary workshops in the gardens at Oak Park on Sunday, September 18.

Presenter, Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble, shared several pieces of her poetry and walked the participants through how to write their own poems…a poem of their life. Workshop participants then wrote individual poems. At the conclusion of the activity, one participant commented, “I am so glad that I had facial tissue in my bag”.

Other participant comments ranged from, “An Evening to remember. This event was so relaxing, touching, motivating, exciting, emotional highs and lows, spiritual, comforting, and inspirational;” to “WOW!;“ to “I am so happy I came.”

Thanks to MBG President, Dr. Tyna Davis; Co-Chairs, Maggie Stringer and Marilyn Hobbs; Co-Chair, Ann Oldham; and committee member, Mary George Jester. Special thanks to Dr. Elijah Pugh and Mrs. Ann Hails, Associate State Director, AARP Support Staff.

Montgomery Botanical Gardens and AARP plan two additional literary workshops in the coming months.  The second, to be held Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 pm in the Gardens, will be conducted by renown storyteller Joseph Trimble. A third workshop will be an open mike Poetry Slam and Spoken Word event and will be held Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm.

Montgomery Botanical Gardens  board members who helped organize the event, Ann Oldham, Dr. Tyna Davis, Marilyn Hobbs, Dr. Sheila Austin and Maggie Stringer

AARP support staff Ann Hailed and Dr. Elijah Pugh man the sign-in station.

Sunday, November 20—Poetry Slam & Spoken Word

Share your talent or simply enjoy the talent of others in this open mike performance at 3:00 PM in the Wisdom Woods classroom.

Refreshments will be served at all three workshops.

Registration Required

Participation is limited. Registration is required for all three workshop sessions. Participants may register at AARP (states.aarp.org/alabama/events-al). If additional information is needed, contact Montgomery Botanical Gardens: (vonnie1335@yahoo.com).

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Montgomery Botanical Gardens/AARP Host Literary Workshops

Montgomery Botanical Gardens, in cooperation with AARP, will host three workshops during the fall. The workshops, to be entitled Literary Workshops—Poetry and Storytelling in the Garden, will feature well known poet Dr. Jacqueline Trimble and acclaimed storyteller Joseph Trimble.

Sunday, September 18 —Writing What You Know: Who I Am and Where I Am From

Dr. Jacqueline Trimble will conduct the first workshop, which will take place September 18 at 3 PM in the Montgomery Botanical Gardens Wisdom Woods classroom. Dr. Trimble, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Cave Canem Fellow and Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow, will guide participants ages 16+ to create poetry from life events they have already experienced. 

Dr. Trimble’s work has appeared in numerous journals which include Poetry Magazine, The Louisville Review, The Offing and Poet Lore.  American Happiness, published by New South Books, her debut poetry collection, won the Balcones Poetry. How to Survive the Apocalypse, her newest poetry collection, was recently published.

Currently a professor at Alabama State University, Dr. Trimble chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Sunday, October 16—Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story workshop will be hosted by acclaimed storyteller Joseph Trimble at 3:00 PM in the Wisdom Woods classroom.

Mr. Trimble, who made his Playhouse debut in ‘Sweat,’ is a co-founder of the Alabama Storytelling Association and a member of the Central Alabama Storytelling Association. He received the 2013 Theatre Fellowship from the Alabama state Council on the Arts.

Additionally, Mr. Trimble is involved with the Alabama State. University National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture. He has written several books including Marty and the Million Man March and Marty Makes a Difference.

Sunday, November 20—Poetry Slam & Spoken Word

Share your talent or simply enjoy the talent of others in this open mike performance at 3:00 PM in the Wisdom Woods classroom.

Refreshments will be served at all three workshops.

Registration Required

Participation is limited. Registration is required for all three workshop sessions. Participants may register at AARP (states.aarp.org/alabama/events-al). If additional information is needed, contact Montgomery Botanical Gardens: (vonnie1335@yahoo.com).

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Sculpture in the Garden deadline extended

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens seeks entries for our first ever Sculpture in the Garden exhibit. This will include the work of Alabama artists, students and teachers, uniting these works with the curated landscapes of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens. Combining art and nature invites visitors to experience both in new ways, discovering new and unexpected relationships.

This year our Artist in Residence is Charlie “Tinman” Lucas, who has held free workshops with Alabama teachers in advance of the Exhibition, so they can go back to the classroom and help their students create sculptures for the Exhibition.

FULL DETAILS AND ENTRY FORMS HERE