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Testimonials and Venues

Larry and Lee Newlin

Garden Discoveries, Inc.

Greensboro, NC

Aside from being a great friend, Pam is also a superb writer and author, teacher, and garden speaker. She spoke on a variety of topics during plant festivals we held when we were co-owners of New Garden Landscaping and Nursery in Greensboro and was always engaging, informative, and humorous. Her slide/powerpoint presentations are varied and always relevant to emerging gardening trends, and her photos are superb. More recently, Pam has spoken for the Guilford Horticultural Society, the North Carolina Nursery and Landscaping Association, and the Carolina Gardener Annual Symposium and Tour, and we consistently received great feedback on her presentations.


Pam gains an instant fan club wherever she speaks, and that coupled with her well-paced, well-studied, and beautifully photographed presentations make her a sure-fired bet for us to continue inviting her as a popular speaker at functions which we sponsor or with which we are involved. She is well-regarded and a leader in the Garden Writers Association and throughout the plant-loving world. Captivating an audience with plant lore, useful cultural and planting information, and humorous quips and tales is a rare art and skill.


She is also terrific as a garden guide and assisted us on our New England garden tour a few years back and always is the most requested bus captain on the Annual Garden Symposium and Tour which we now sponsor. Our endorsement of Pam is without hesitation and with great enthusiasm and sincere appreciation.


Wanda Urbanska, Creator of PBS Television Series Simple Living and Author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life, referring to the "Sustainability NOW" Conference, 2009, Raleigh, NC


The lineup included the smart, sunny Pam Beck, a Raleigh-based writer and speaker who champions water-wise, nature-friendly, food-producing gardens...

Marian St. Clair,

Award-Winning Garden Writer,

The Greenville News, Greenville, SC

I can't tell you how grateful I am for all you did for us in Greenville this weekend. I have been involved in many symposiums and can honestly say I have never heard a better speaker. You have great voice, excellent presentation skills, professional but comfortably casual appearance, open and relaxed personality, stunning slides, and outstanding material. What more could we have asked for?

Rachel Hamilton, NC

I’ve heard her speak many times. Before Carolina Gardener magazine changed hands, they did a series of seminars. Every year, they’d go to a different city and have tours & speakers. A lovely, highly-compressed weekend of gardening. Pam almost always was on the program. She’s a very good after-dinner speaker...She’s a lovely person, so approachable and so knowledgeable. She is very knowledgeable about what grows here in this area, in the Piedmont.

Gavine Pitner, NC

I have been to a couple of symposia where she’s been a leader of the tour and a very good speaker. Pam is very warm, and it’s not an academic talk at all. She talks more gardener-to-gardener, and she’s very generous with her knowledge. She’s a very likeable person, very easy to listen to.



Pam's previous speaking engagements have included:


American Hydrangea Society, Atlanta, GA

Annual HerbFest, Wake Forest, NC

Art in Bloom, Black Mountain, NC

Buncombe County Master Gardeners, Asheville, NC

Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Fayetteville, NC

Carolina Gardener Magazine Symposium, Speaker and Tour Guide

Carteret County Master Gardeners, Morehead City, NC

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Chatham County Campus, Pittsboro, NC

Chapel Hill Garden Club, Chapel Hill, NC

Charleston Horticultural Society, Charleston, SC

Charlotte Garden Club, Charlotte, NC

Chatham County Arts Council, Pittsboro, NC

Christopher Newport University Annual Garden Symposium, Newport News, VA

Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium, Williamsburg, VA

Davidson County Master Gardeners, Lexington, NC

Duke Chapel Environmental Group, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC

Fayetteville Camellia Show, Fayetteville, NC

Garden Club of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Garden Council of Augusta, Augusta, GA

Garden Discovery Tours, Speaker and Tour Guide, Charlottesville, VA, and New England

Garden Writers Association, 2009 National Conference, Raleigh, NC, Local Area Subcommittee Chair

Gardener’s Supply Company, Cary, NC

Gardeners of Wake County, Raleigh, NC

Gaston County Master Gardeners, Dallas, NC

Georgia Perennial Plant Association, Atlanta, GA

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Wellness Seminars, Raleigh, NC

Governors Club, Chapel Hill, NC

Greater Greenville Master Gardeners, Greenville, SC

Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA

Guilford County Master Gardeners, Greensboro, NC

Guilford Horticultural Society, Greensboro, NC

Herb Society of Wake County, Raleigh, NC

Home Gardener Day, The Virginia Horticultural Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA

Homewood Nursery, Raleigh, NC

Hurley Park, Salisbury, NC

JC Raulston Arboretum, Garden Divas Symposium, Raleigh, NC

JC Raulston Arboretum, Winter Walk, Raleigh, NC

Johnston Community College Arboretum, Smithfield, NC

Logan’s Trading Company, Raleigh, NC

Magnolia Plantations & Gardens, Charleston, SC

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course, The Virginia Horticultural Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA

Midwestern Herb & Garden Show, Mt. Vernon, Illinois

NC/SC (Region 15) Hemerocallis Society Meeting, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University Woman’s Club, Raleigh, NC

New Garden Center, Greensboro, NC

New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Arboretum, Wilmington, NC

New Hanover Master Gardeners, Wilmington, NC

New River Valley Master Gardeners at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Jenny Fitch Lecture, Chapel Hill, NC

North Carolina Herb Association (NCHA) Conference, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Hosta Society, Raleigh Chapter, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA), “Green & Grow’n” Shows, Greensboro, NC

North Carolina State Fair Flower Show Demos, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State Master Gardener Conferences, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University, Encore Program, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Women, Infants & Children (WIC) State Conference, Raleigh, NC

Orvis, Triangle Town Center, Raleigh, NC

Paul Ceiner Botanical Garden, Chip Calloway Lecture, Kearnersville, NC

Piedmont North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS), Chapel Hill/Raleigh, NC

Porters Neck Garden Club, Wilmington, NC

Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC

Raleigh Garden Club, Raleigh, NC

Raleigh Hemerocallis Club, Raleigh, NC

Raleigh Home & Garden Show, Raleigh, NC

Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Guild, Salisbury, NC

Sandhills Southern River Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Southern Pines, NC

Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium, Waynesboro, VA

South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC

South Carolina Midlands Master Gardener Association, Camden, SC

Southeastern Regional Meeting of Garden Writers Association (GWA), Atlanta & Athens, GA

Southern Ideal Home Show, Raleigh, NC

Speaking of Gardening, Asheville, NC

St. Mary’s School (formerly St. Mary’s College), Raising Spirits Conference, Raleigh, NC

State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, GA

The Garden Clubs of North Carolina State Convention, Raleigh, NC

The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina, NC

The Granville Gardeners, Oxford, NC

The Virginia Beach Garden Club, Tidewater Garden Symposium, Virginia Beach, VA

Triangle Association of Freelancer’s (TAF), “Write Now!” Conference, Raleigh, NC

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, NC

Pi Alpha Xi, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Unity Church of the Triangle “Sustainability Now” Conference, Raleigh, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Talking Sidewalks”, Chapel Hill, NC

Wake County Master Gardeners, Raleigh, NC

Wake County Regional Libraries, Raleigh/Apex/Cary/Knightdale/Wake Forest, NC

WATD 95.9FM Radio, "Discovering Authenticity with Teri Sica", Boston, MA

Weymouth House, Southern Pines, NC

Wilson County Green Association, Wilson, NC

Wing Haven Gardens, Charlotte, NC

Witherspoon Roses, Durham, NC

Wives of the Knights of Columbus State Meeting, Raleigh, NC

WPTF 680AM Radio, “Weekend Gardener” and “Tom Kearney Show”, Raleigh, NC

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