Being located near the Walter Soderburg Ericaceous Collection, the John A. Nevison Amphitheater is surrounded by azaleas in this late afternoon spring picture. The John A. Nevison Amphitheater was dedicated in 1999 and the Walter Soderburg Ericaceous Collection was established in 2006. Both men, whom these places are named after, were friends of Harold Hatcher who worked with him in the Garden.

Pictures of the John A. Nevison Amphitheater in the spring surrounded by azaleas.

John A. Nevison Amphitheater in the summer (pictured left) and a stand of river birches (Betula nigra) across the Bartram Path path (pictured right) near the creek that feeds into the lower pond.
John A. Nevison Amphitheater in the winter (pictured left) and a closeup of the appealing (and peeling) bark of the river birch.

n 1762, the American naturalist John Bartram made his first botanizing trip in the interior of South Carolina. Later in 1765, he explored South Carolina again when he toured the Southeast American Colonies. Some of the plant specimens he discovered have been planted on our Bartram Trail and will be highlighted throughout this visual tour.
Before you get to the amphitheater, where the creek empties into the lower pond, on the right you will see the bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), which is named for its spike inflorescenes, as well as its buckeye compound leaves.

Bottlebrush Buckeye new growth
(Aesculus parviflora)
Bottlebrush Buckeye in bloom
(Aesculus parviflora)
Bottlebrush Buckeye fruit
(Aesculus parviflora)
Bottlebrush Buckeye fall foliage
(Aesculus parviflora)

In that same area, you will see the oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), pictured far right, also discovered by John Bartram.

Oakleaf Hydrangea
(Hydrangea quercifolia)
Oakleaf Hydrangea new growth
(Hydrangea quercifolia)
Opposite the amphitheater is a dogwood tree planted and dedicated by the League Women of Voters of Spartanburg County.

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