On a warm October Saturday morning, a group of women from Altrusa International of Spartaburg (see inset below), gathered to plant what would be later named the Altrusa Native Plant Garden. Located on the Bartram Trail, the garden is sandwiched between the trail and the lower pond near the John A. Nevison Amphitheater. The grant Altrusa International provided purchased 700 perennials, shrubs and trees of 16 different varieties for the garden which were installed on October 11, 2014. The women as well as Hatcher Garden staff and volunteers spent a couple of hours. This garden is educational, featuring plants that William Bartram had discovered and identified during the pre-revolutionary era.
Altrusa International is a global non-profit organization of volunteers whose common goal is to improve the communities in which they live. Altrusa International of Spartanburg, SC, Inc. has been active in Spartanburg for more than 50 years. The club continues to support the community through projects that focus on literacy, family life quality and the environment.

In the early 2000's, Altrusa of Spartanburg was contacted by the District Three Governor to ask if the club would like to take on a project selling Altrusa roses-a miniature rose that was developed in New Zealand and named in honor of "Altrusa". A miniature rose expert in the Upstate was willing to propagate, grow and ship the roses if the club would handle the administrative work on the
project. Over the course of 18 months the roses were shipped across the US. The club's commission was placed   
into a restricted environmental fund for future use. After a decade of searching for a project that would serve the Spartanburg Community, club members voted to gift Hatcher Garden to establish the Altrusa Native Plant Garden.  
For more information on Altrusa International, Inc. of Spartanburg, click here.
On Thursday April 16th 2015, the Altrusa Native Plant Garden was dedicated at Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. The dedication was held when the District Three regional conference of Altrusa International was held in Spartanburg the year of 2015. Spartanburg Altrusa Club President Gail Hackett speaks at the dedication (far right). Spartanburg Altrusa Club members and Hatcher Garden staff stand beside the dedication stone (right).
A SELECTION OF ALTRUSA NATIVE GARDEN PLANTS

Christmas Fern
(Polystichum acrostichoides)
Height: 12"

Foamflower
(Tiarella cordifolia 'Brandywine')
Blooms: Spring
Height:
12"

Eastern Columbine
(Aquilegia canadensis)
Blooms: Spring
Height:
18"

Oakleaf Hydrangea
(Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers')
Blooms: Spring
Height:
4'

Smooth Hydrangea
(Hydrangea arborescens)
Blooms: Spring thru Summer
Height: 30"

Spiderwort
(Tradescantia andersoniana 'Red Grape')
Blooms: Spring thru early Summer
Height: 24"

Indian Pink
(Spigelia marilandica)
Blooms: Spring
Height: 9"

Pitcher Plant
(Sarrancencia x 'Dana's Delight')
Blooms: Summer
Height: 12"

Blue Wood Aster
(Aster cordiflorus)
Blooms: Summer thru Autumn
Height: 2'

Southern Magnolia
(Magnolia grandiflora)
Blooms: Spring
Height: 20'

Bald Cypress
(Taxodium distichum)
Blooms: Summer
Height: 20'

Franklin Tree
(Franklinia alatamaha 'Ben's Best')
Blooms: Summer
Height: 18"

Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)
Blooms: Summer
Height: 18"
One Gallon - $5.00

Obedient PLant
(Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners')
Blooms: Summer
Height: 18" One Gallon - $5.00

White Turtlehead
(Chelone glabra)
Blooms: Autumn
Height: 18"

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