I'm a plant ecologist by background (PhD in Botany), a gardener and naturalist by avocation, and a lifelong teacher.


I love to encourage folks to connect with the natural world through learning about plants, animals, nature and gardening.


Follow my blog, attend a presentation or class, or contact me for a landscape consultation (if you live in Western North Carolina or the Upstate of South Carolina) on a non-profit basis.


I do presentations and teach classes on a variety of topics ranging from gardening for nature to 4-season vegetable gardening. 


I'm always glad to share thoughts,  ideas, and encouragement.


Send me a message via the contact link, or email me directly at lkwagnercu@gmail.com.

Presentation topics

Gardening for Nature

Gardening with Native Plants

Creating a Native Pocket Meadow

How to Create a Native Woodland Garden

Native Plants for Pollinators

Innovative Ideas from International Gardens

Designing with Plants

Home Gardening Fundamentals

Year-round Organic Vegetable Gardening

Combining Color, Texture, and Shapes in your Garden

Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening

Cool-Season Containers

Warm-Season Containers


I offer landscape consultations, informal design services, and garden coaching on a non-profit basis to individuals and organizations to benefit regional botanical gardens, natural areas, and land trusts in Western North Carolina.  My focus is natural garden design, use of natives in landscape, and edible landscapes.

I do a 2 hour in-site visit, with pre-and post-visit discussion and summary for a $125 contribution to a local or regional non-profit.

Upcoming programs

Wednesday, March 3, 3-4 p.m. Journeys through the Seasons: Keeping a Garden Blog. NC Arboretum (via Zoom). Free for members. Suggested donation $15.  Pre-registration required.

Monday and Thursday, March 10 and 18th, 1:30-3 p.m. Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening. NC Arboretum (via Zoom).  Pre-registration required.

Wednesdays, April 7 and 14. 1:30-3 p.m. (Re)visioning your Home Landscape.  NC Arboretum (via Zoom).  Pre-registration required.


Tuesday, April 15. Creating a Pocket Meadow, Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Johnson City, TN (via Zoom)

Two recent programs were recorded via Zoom and are available for free viewing.

Creating a pollinator-friendly garden for Pollination Celebration in Asheville (sponsored by Asheville Greenworks/Bee City Asheville.

You can find my program as well as all of the others that were part of the Celebration by clicking this link.

Creating a Pocket Meadow for Reems Creek Nursery can be accessed through this link