About

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) 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

Creating a Naturalistic Garden

How to Create a Native Woodland Garden

Native Plants for Pollinators

Innovative Ideas from International Gardens

Designing with Native Plants

Revisioning your Home Landscape

Year-round Vegetable Gardening

Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening

Consultations

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

Tuesday, April 13, 10-11 am. Warm-season Vegetable Gardening. Transylvania County Master Gardener (via Zoom).  Free.  Pre-registration required.

Tuesday, April 15, 7 pm.  Creating Small-scale Gardens and Containers with Native Plants.  Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Johnson City, TN (via Zoom), Free. Pre-registration required.

Tuesday, April 20, 1:30-3 p.m. Year-round Vegetable Gardening. NC Arboretum (via Zoom).  Pre-registration required.

Saturday, April 24, 10-11 am. Warm-season Vegetable Gardening. Reems Creek Nursery (via Zoom).  Free.  Pre-registration required.

Wednesdays, May 12 and 19. 1:30-3 p.m. (Re)visioning your Home Landscape.  NC Arboretum (via Zoom).  Pre-registration required.

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

late April 17 veggie beds