Garden lecture focuses on picking good plants

Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Lisa Wagner (standing), the director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens at Clemson, spoke as part of the Aiken Garden Club Council's spring lecture series.

Finding the right plants for a South Carolina garden was the focus of an April 5 lecture sponsored by the Aiken Garden Club Council.


"Native kalmia grow all the way to the Savannah River Bluff. Make sure to get selections that are heat-tolerant," said Lisa Wagner, the director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens at Clemson, who was the guest speaker in the third and final lecture of A Spring Speakers Series for Gardeners.

Ms. Wagner provided a slide show with photos of plants that have done well in her own garden and should do well in other gardens in Aiken.

Carolina jessamine, coral honeysuckle and sweet shrub are among those that weather well.

"Coral honeysuckle is very hardy," she said. "It will put out a few flowers in the winter. Coral honeysuckle is very well behaved" and won't quickly overtake your neighbor's yard.

This is the first time the garden council had offered a lecture series. Pam Kolb, the president of the Aiken Garden Club Council, said the series was held in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the council's restoration of the Dollhouse at Hopelands Gardens.

She said the lecture series was very successful.

"We had about 50 people today and between 50 and 60 people at each lecture," she said.

The series raised $1,000, which will be used for area garden projects such as the ones at the Dollhouse and at the Aiken County Historical Museum.

She said the council is considering having another series next year in the early spring.

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