Garden Writing Workshop


"Inspired Garden Writing for a Word-weary World"
Pam Baggett, Freelance Garden Writer, Lecturer, and Photographer

  • Saturday, November 7, 2009 – 9:00 am4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 8, 2009 – 1:00 pm5:00 pm

This program will be rescheduled in the future.

The modern world is filled with words we're obliged to read: monthly bills, traffic tickets, insurance policies. Almost without being aware of it, our eyes take in advertisements, news articles, junk mail pamphlets. An incessant barrage of dull information threatens the very notion of reading for pleasure, of being captivated by a flow of words that floods our senses and shakes them awake. Well-crafted garden writing inspires and satisfies readers, while lifeless prose dooms your work to the recycle bin.

In this weekend workshop, Pam Baggett teaches the tools of the garden writer's trade, as well as techniques for developing your unique and eloquent voice. Through lecture and in-class writing prompts, you will learn to craft prose that embraces fresh imagery, eschews cliché, and sizzles with energy and originality.

We will be using the classrooms and gardens of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Please dress for both indoor and outdoor conditions. If you can, please write a 300-word profile of one of your favorite plants and bring two copies to the workshop. The profile is for your use only; you will not be asked to share it with the instructor or fellow students.

Pam Baggett is the author/photographer of ¡Tropicalismo! Spice Up Your Garden with Cannas, Bananas, and 93 Other Eye-Catching Tropical Plants (Timber Press, 2008). A contributing editor for Horticulture magazine, she has also written for Fine Gardening, The American Gardener, and Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media. Pam is a recipient of the Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association and has taught writing through Longwood Gardens, the JC Raulston Arboretum, and the Continuing Education Program at Duke University. She can be reached at

$140 for members, $150 for nonmembers.
Please call (919) 513-7005 to register.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this workshop.