Conserving Carolina presents “Planting a Native Pocket Meadow” 

Published 11:40 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019

Join Conserving Carolina for a free lecture entitled, Planting a Native Pocket Meadow,” presented by plant ecologist and retired Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University, Lisa Wagner, on Saturday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.  

“Pocket” meadows of native plants provide an attractive, low-maintenance, and wildlife-friendly alternative to traditional perennial plantings. Unlike larger meadow plantings, small, informal, and simply managed pocket borders can be tucked into a variety of spaces in your landscape, providing habitat and sustenance for pollinators and other insects, as well as being attractive landscape additions. Lisa will share her experiences with a variety of small meadow plantings using native Southeastern wildflowers and grasses and talk about how to manage them for four-season interest.  She’ll also provide suggestions for native plants best suited for combining in informal meadow plantings in WNC. 

To get to Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center from the Tryon and Columbus area, take Hwy 108 E and turn left on Hwy 9 toward Lake Lure.  Follow Hwy 9 N for 5 miles and turn right onto McGuinn Road (at the Exxon Station). Go 1 mile to the intersection with Big Level Road; turn left, go 0.2 miles and take the first right onto Aden Green Road. Follow Aden Green for 0.4 mile and turn left on Wood Thrush Lane and into Walnut Creek Preserve. Take the first left onto Conservatory Lane, which takes you to the parking area for the nature center.  

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The lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.       

For more information or directions from another location, contact Pam Torlina at Conserving Carolina at 828-697-5777, ext. 300 or email  For more info visit,