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Twilight Highlights

Best of the Best

Entrance Dedication

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Congratulations to the Winners of the National Garden Week Container Garden!

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve and the Lady Slipper Garden Club have joined together to promote National Garden Week. Members of National Garden Club, inc. across the country celebrated National Garden Week the first full week in June, which was June 2-8 this year. The Lady Slipper Garden Club encourages people to take pride in one of Spartanburg’s gems, Hatcher Garden, which was recently named Best Local Tourist Attraction for the third year in a row! Each person who visited the garden during National Garden Week had a chance to sign up to win this beautiful container garden. The giveaway was sponsored by the Lady Slipper Garden Club of Spartanburg. This year's winners are Chanelle Jones and her family!

BEST of the BEST

On May 23rd 2019, Hatcher Garden was named Best Local Tourist Attraction for the third year in a row by the Herald-Journal's Best of the Best in Spartanburg (pictured right) as well as our first year of being named Best Event Venue. We also received a finalist mention for Best Museum (we are a tree museum, after all). We would like to thank everyone who voted for us!

The Japanese Flowering Apricot trees (Prunus mume "Peggy Clarke") have fruit on them! The delicate pink flowers bloomed in the winter and the fruit is ripening now. Like the flowers, the fruit is rather small only about an inch in diameter. One tree is located in the Altrusa Native Plant Garden, the other on the Bartram Trail.

Parking Lot Expansion

Phase III of the parking lot expansion is nearly complete with the paving of the parking lot and the widened entrance into Hatcher Garden. The entrance was widened to three lanes (one lane in, two lanes out). The new circle turnaround/drop off is the next thing to be completed which sits in front of the entrance.

Dedication of the New Garden Entrance

Last May a little before the 2018 Twilight in the Garden began, construction on the beautiful new Garden Entrance was completed. This year, the entrance was finished when a 60 pound metal image of the tree from the Hatcher Garden logo and the dedication stone was set in the pillar (see inset picture) of the structure. This was completed just in time for this year's Twilight in the Garden. Thank you to the Johnson Group!

This year we had a warm dry Twilight in the Garden (last year it poured rain, if you could ever forget!) Once again a wonderful dinner was catered by Cribb's Catering of seared New York Strip steak with roasted vegetables and creamy Adluh grits. The evening continued with the silent and live auctions as well as the announcement of the Barrie Bain Volunteer of the Year. This year we had two sets recognitions of volunteers.

The wonderful selection of silent auction items to choose from to bid on.

The crowd enjoying food and fellowship.
Seared New York Strip Steak with Tomato Red Onion Relish and Grilled Asparagus. Delicious!

The table flower arrangements included peonies.

Why do we these two volunteers of the year? Hatcher Garden board member Jenifer Steller and her daughter educator Carlon Steller were responsible for the huge turnout at last year's Pumpkin Path through their promotion of the event on Facebook. Previous years had about 150 children show up. Last year, it was 3000!!

Hatcher Garden board member Toni Caldwell and her husband Jan, from Southeastern Printing, have been long supporters of Hatcher Garden. Their contribution of art and printing for Hatcher Garden's needs has greatly enhanced our look in the community. We appreciate their attendance at all of our events.


NBC News recently had a story on ecotherapy, where a doctor prescribed taking a walk in nature instead of pills to deal with some cases of anxiety and depression. Ecotherapy combines nature walks with therapy sessions and simple exercises. Patients are instructed to focus on three key elements:
   - The sounds of chirping birds
   - The visuals of trees and leaves
   - The sound of streams or rivers
Hatcher Garden has all these things! Come take a walk in Hatcher Garden especailly in these stressful days! To see more information on the NBC News story, click here.



Week of June 24 - 28

Monday - Friday - General maintenance of the garden

9:00 am. - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet Dan and Peggy at the pavilion, beside the parking lot, to find out what needs to be done. No experience necessary. Dan will always have plenty for us to do. We do a wide range of tasks including propagating, planting, mulching,and weeding. Become one of the Hearts of Hatcher!

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS with the veteran Hatcher Volunteers (Hearts of Hatcher)
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Many of our "veteran" volunteers (Hearts of Hatcher) originally gathered on Thursdays to work in the garden. Some have over 10 years experience! Now a group of our veterans come on Tuesdays as well. Come join in the work and fellowship with the great folks who help to make the Garden grow!

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