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Ms. Anne M. Spafford
Associate Professor

Anne Spafford

Contact Information

Department of Horticultural Science
110 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

Office Phone: 919.515.1190
Fax: 919.515.2505

General Information

Ms. Spafford teaches 5 courses; advises approximately 40 undergraduate students; and serves as a chair on several graduate student (MHS) projects. Her book with colleague Helen Kraus, Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge, and Everything in Between, has received several awards, including the Gold Medal from the Garden Writers Association (2010). When not in the classroom, she travels the Southeast lecturing on rain gardens, and works with communities and individuals in the design and installation of gardens. She has appeared on "In the Garden with Bryce Lane" multiple times, and UNC-TV's broadcast of Will Hooker's Permaculture Course (rain garden episode). She has been heard on several NPR-affiliate radio stations across the Southeast, and even a California-based garden radio show, which has listening audiences in Canada and Northern Europe. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the induction into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State University (2007). She is a Certified Rain Garden Professional and Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University.


  • HS 242 - Introduction to Small Scale Landscape Design (3 credit hours, Spring)
  • HS 400 - Residential Landscape Design (6 credit hours, Spring)
  • HS 416/590 - Principles of Ornamental Planting Design (4 credit hours, Fall)
  • HS 432/532 - Introduction to Permaculture: Sustainable Living (3 credit hours, Fall and Summer 1 DE)
  • HS 495/590 - Green Infrastructure: The functional Uses of Plants in Urban Areas (3 credit hours, Fall)



  • American Society of Horticultural Science
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
  • Green Infrastructure Alliance

Publications (Scholarly Publications Repository)