Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve

Published 12:01 pm Monday, April 10, 2023

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Creating a Native Woodland Garden


Join Conserving Carolina for a free lecture entitled, “Creating a Native Woodland Garden,” presented by plant ecologist, Lisa Wagner, on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature center at Walnut Creek Preserve.


The plants that grow in our native Western North Carolina forest communities provide a wonderful plant palette for creating diverse and beautiful woodland gardens using Eastern North American natives. Spring wildflowers such as bloodroot, foamflower, black cohosh, woodland phlox, and Solomon’s seal are native woodland garden favorites, while adding characteristic native shrubs and trees in the mid- and upper canopy creates a beautiful supporting framework.  Native trees are equally important in creating a sustainable forest community, too, if they aren’t already there. 

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Lisa will describe the process of creating a native woodland garden, how to choose the appropriate species for your site, and review some of these species characteristics and growth habits.


This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.  Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit Conserving Carolina’s website and “calendar” tab, conservingcarolina.org/calendar.


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; 179 Conservatory Lane, Mill Spring, NC.

The next program at Walnut Creek Preserve will be held on May 20, when naturalist and educator, Clint Calhoun, will present, “Hickory Nut Gorge – Nature’s Treasure Chest.”


For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit walnutcreekpreserve.com.  Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). 


Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world. For more info visit, conservingcarolina.org.



Submitted by Pam Torlina