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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