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Re-Visioning Your Home Landscape

ONLINE | Two Sessions: Wednesdays, June 14 & 21, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Instructor: Lisa Wagner

$45 Non-member Adult**

(**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

Course Capacity: 30


The process of transforming a landscape into a sustainable, ecologically-sound garden that you love is a rewarding aspect of being a gardener. Understanding plants and their inter-relationships is key to creating a landscape that’s a joy, not a chore. In this two-part class, Lisa Wagner will help you better understand how to assess the ecological robustness of your landscape and how to incorporate those observations in your long-term garden planning. We’ll talk about the components needed to create a resilient ecological food web of largely native trees, shrubs, and perennials which will work over the seasons (and years), as well as creating a welcoming landscape. The second session will allow us to collectively re-envision our landscapes and incorporate the features we've discussed. We’ll talk about how to incorporate a year-round perspective, as you choose and combine trees, shrubs that provide sustenance throughout the year.

Lisa Wagner was the 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, ecological gardening, and promoting habitat restoration, as well as encouraging engagement and creativity in mid-life and beyond. She continues to do presentations and consultations as a volunteer, while continuing to be a keen gardener and committed writer about the natural world. Her first blog, Natural Gardening ( reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world. Her second blog, Places of the Spirit ( reflects sense of place and broader observations about being at home in the world. Lisa and her husband Tim Spira spend roughly half the year in Asheville, NC, where they’ve surrounded their in-town house with native gardens. They spend the other half of the year in the Northern Appalachians in their cottage in Quebec, where they’re converting a horticultural landscape to a more naturalistic one.

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June 14, 2023


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