Southern Appalachian Plant Society

Native Plant Gardening in Small Gardens and Containers

Dr. Lisa Wagner 

Plant ecologist and garden educator 

Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm 

This is a Zoom presentation.  

Many of our native species are well-suited to small spaces, al lowing you to create naturalistic garden vignettes in decorative  containers, by entrances or around mailboxes. Slow-growing  shrubs and compact perennials are easiest to use in “pocket”  gardens, but larger-growing natives are also suitable when  used in annual or short-term plantings. Combining plants in  small spaces doesn’t have to be complicated but benefits from  using nature’s inspiration to create pleasing naturalistic de signs. Join Lisa to learn about her favorite natives and design  strategies for small gardens and containers. 

Lisa Wagner served as 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, sustainable gardening,  public education, and promoting habitat restoration, as well as  being a passionate gardener. She does frequent presentations  and classes as a volunteer on a variety of topics including gardening for nature and creating a native woodland garden. Her  blog, Natural Gardening (  reflects her observations about gardening and the natural  world.  

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Apr 15, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  Register in advance for this meeting: registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information  about joining the meeting. When joining the meeting participants will be placed in a “waiting room”.  The Host will begin admitting participants at 6:50 pm. 

Members who can’t watch the presentation at the meeting time or want to rewatch it may send an email to They will be sent a  link to a recording of the meeting which can be watched but not downloaded. The recording will be available until the end of the month.