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

 

MBG Volunteers Earn Hours by Nurturing the Gardens

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens continues to benefit from the significant time and effort that the CCMGA volunteers contribute to developing and nurturing the gardens. One of the responsibilities of Master Gardeners is to volunteer their time and expertise to public gardens in their communities. Each county Master Gardener organization identifies local gardens as on-going volunteer projects for its members. Long term, faithful master gardener volunteers form the core of the MBG project volunteers, but interns from the 2022 MG class have enthusiastically joined the MBG Project Committee and participated on the volunteer workdays. The most recent volunteer workday on August 16, 2022, offered an opportunity for those volunteering to learn about deadheading Hydrangeas; treating fungus on Hydrangeas; identifying and removing weed vines among shrubs; and pruning Crepe Myrtles. The group also had the opportunity to tour the newly upgraded pathways that lead to the Outdoor Classroom and learn about future plans for MBG. As evidence of their productivity that day, a large collection of bags and limbs were stacked at the entrance for pick up by Parks and Recreation staff. Among those who volunteered together that day were interns Alice Jackson and Judy Heinzman (pictured above). The gardens are a great asset to the community and the entire River Region. The MBG Board of Directors, the MBG membership and the citizens of Montgomery can be very proud of CCMGA’s volunteer and financial contributions to MBG from its inception. 

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Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park Earns Recognition and Awards

The diligent work of volunteers along with guidance and support from the Montgomery Botanical Gardens Board of Directors has resulted in thriving gardens that have not only provided beauty and pleasure for the community but have also earned recognition and award designations. The gardens were founded in 2015 and planting began in 2017.  After such a short period of time, it is notable that the gardens have received significant accolades earned from a variety of organizations. This urban oasis of nature and beauty is a tremendous asset to our city and our region for both residents and visitors. 

The Montgomery Area Daylily Society adopted an undeveloped area of the Southern Garden for Phase I of MBG development. Many members of MADS are also Master Gardeners. They prepared the soil, planted and nurtured a variety of daylilies and companion plants, and produced a garden that provides continuous beauty. This bed earned the designation as a Daylily Display Garden by the American Daylily Society in 2020. This beautiful example of gardening was also awarded the “Garden of the Week” title for the first week of January in 2022 by the International Daylily Society. Supporters and visitors of MBG are thankful for the work of MADS and are very proud of this recognition and of this beautiful garden.

The Federation of Garden Clubs adopted the Betty Fitzgerald Biblical Garden at MBG in 2015 and worked to revitalize and improve it. This garden was established in the early 1980s, to honor “Miss Betty” who dedicated many years to helping to beautify Montgomery. Over the years, the garden had deteriorated from neglect and overgrowth. The Federation’s replanting, expansion, and restoring of sections of the garden and adding lovely themed benches have resulted in a peaceful, meditative venue for visitors. The National Garden Club bestowed the First Place Award for “Town Beautification/Continuing Project” on the Federation in 2021 to recognize their successful work on revitalizing the Biblical Garden and the achievement of these volunteers.  Many individuals and groups enjoy the peace and beauty of this refreshed venue.

The International Gardens of Peace organization bestowed the designation of a “Garden of Peace” on the gardens in 2017.  This designation was the 26th in the world at that time. The founder of IGP had visited the gardens and found them to be a place of peace, rest, and meditation. You will see the resulting plaque on a stone at the entrance to MBG. Visitors and members of MBG have confirmed that sense of peace as they stroll through the gardens or paused to sit on one of its benches or gliders. 

One of the many wonderful contributions to MBG of the volunteers of the Capital City Master Gardeners Association is their adoption of three areas in the Southern Garden to create garden beds to attract, feed, and provide habitat for desirable pollinators such as bees, butterflies, etc. The National Herb Society has certified these three gardens as “Green Bridges Pollinator Gardens”.  Green Bridges Gardens provide habitats for native and traveling pollinators as they move through an area. MBG’s Pollinator gardens join numerous Green Bridges Pollinator Gardens across the nation to support vital pollinators. 

The Board of Directors of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens and all of the supporters and members of MBG applaud these opportunities for recognition and are grateful for the consistent volunteer efforts that achieved them. The botanical gardens are located inside Oak Park at 1010 Forest Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama across from Jackson Hospital. To support MBG financially and to become a member of MBG, click here.

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