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Speaker Series: Planting a Native Pocket Meadow
March 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Planting a Native Pocket Meadow
Date: March 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve
Speaker: Lisa Wagner, plant ecologist; retired Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University
“Pocket” meadows of native plants provide an attractive, low-maintenance, and wildlife-friendly alternative to traditional perennial plantings. Unlike larger meadow plantings, small, informal, and simply managed pocket borders can be tucked into a variety of spaces in your landscape, providing habitat and sustenance for pollinators and other insects, as well as being attractive landscape additions. Lisa will share her experiences with a variety of small meadow plantings using native Southeastern wildflowers and grasses and talk about how to manage them for four-season interest. She’ll also provide suggestions for native plants best suited for combining in informal meadow plantings in WNC.
Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for over 20 years. A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), she’s interested in native plants, sustainable gardening, public education, and promoting habitat restoration, as well as being a passionate gardener. She now does frequent presentations and classes as a volunteer, on a variety of topics including gardening for nature and creating a native woodland garden. Her blog, Natural Gardening (www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com) reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world. Lisa and her husband Tim Spira now live full-time in Asheville, NC, where they’ve surrounded their house with native plantings, including pocket meadows.