SP20 Creating a Naturalistic Landscape

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Wednesday April 22

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Creating a Naturalistic Landscape

Instructor: Lisa Wagner

Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$44 Member | $54 Non-member

Limit: 24 students

BREG Elective - 3 Hours


Using plants in ways that create pleasing and attractive gardens can be as simple as using nature for your inspiration.  Combining plants that work together, given the moisture, sunlight, and soil conditions in your landscape, can elevate your enjoyment of your garden, providing welcoming and satisfying surroundings requiring minimal additional inputs (watering, fertilizing, or extra coddling).

Learn how to observe and evaluate what is pleasing (or not) to you in your landscape and how to create patterns and combinations that look just right to you, through judicious “editing.” 

The first half of the workshop will be in the classroom, focusing on some of the elements to consider in naturalistic gardens; the second half of the workshop will consist of practical analysis of Arboretum plantings and natural areas, including exploration of your personal response to form, colors, textures, and combinations.

Lisa Wagner served as director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University for almost 20 years, where she taught and lectured on a variety of topics. A plant ecologist who holds a doctorate in botany from the University of California Berkeley, Wagner is a passionate gardener, interested in native plants and designing gardens that are wildlife friendly and sustainable. Her blog, Natural Gardening, can be seen at www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com


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