AE21 Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening

Monday March 15

1:30 PM  –  3:00 PM


Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening

ONLINE*  Monday and Thursday, March 15 and 18; 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Instructor: Lisa Wagner

$45 Member | $55 Non-member

BREG Elective credit (3 hours)


“You cannot simply tap your creative nature once and then expect to be done with it.  It is a lifelong process: a continual commitment to being open to possibility, trusting your instincts, experimenting, taking risks, and revising.”  ~ Fran Sorin

Explore gardening as a creative process in this highly interactive workshop led by gardener, designer and garden blogger Lisa Wagner. Inspired by Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening by Fran Sorin, Wagner helps gardeners of all levels, but especially new gardeners, develop confidence and own a distinctive style with activities focused on imagining, envisioning, planning, planting, tending and celebrating! Years of experience teaching and transforming several landscapes of her own, Wagner encourages gardeners to feel free to experiment and especially to edit what doesn't give them joy when they look out their windows.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts.


Lisa Wagner was the director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for almost 20 years, where she taught and lectured on a variety of topics. A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), Lisa is a passionate gardener, interested in native plants, wildlife friendly gardening, sustainable gardening, and garden design. She does frequent presentations and classes as a volunteer, on a variety of topics including gardening for nature, designing with native plants, and four-season vegetable gardening. Her gardening blog, Natural Gardening ( reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world. Her recent blog, Places of the Spirit ( focuses on her thoughts about being at home in the world.


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