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New Picnic Tables

Ericaceous Collection Entrance

Volunteer of the Year

Dedication of the Garden of Hope & Healing Arbor

On a warm spring-like Sunday, family and friends gathered to dedicate the Arbor in the Garden of Hope & Healing to those who live with Type 1 Diabetes. March 6th marked the 50th anniversary of the diagnosis of former Volunteer of the Year Dr. Sammy Gabriel with type 1 diabetes. Executive Director Robin Vollmer introduced Sammy who started volunteering at Hatcher Garden in 2008 and was named the Barrie Bain Volunteer of the Year in 2013. That same year, Sammy started wearing the Fit Bit and has since accummulated 7400 miles at Hatcher Garden. Recognized for his social media savvyness, Sammy was put in charge of Hatcher Garden's Facebook page. Sammy has mulched, planted and weeded the gardens as well as blown debris off the paths weekly. He has helped with the past 16 plant sales. Sammy is also responsible for finding a paver extractor to help lift the heavy 14" Garden of Hope & Healing Pavilion pavers. It has been said that when Sammy is not bleeding and sweating, he is not working. Cindy, Sammy's wife, spoke next about living with a diabetic, considering herself a Type 3 Diabetic. Sammy spoke of his love of and the pride he takes in Hatcher Garden. Refreshments were enjoyed after the dedication. The slogan is "Never Lose Hope."

A crowd gathered at the Arbor.

Sammy speaks with the gathered group.

Sammy and his wife, Cindy, with the dedication plaque.

Socializing at the Arbor.

The wonderful spread at the reception. The brownies and lemon cookies were particularly delicious!

New Picnic Tables and Bat Houses
A very speciaL thank you to Scout Troop 3 Sr. Patrol Leader Jason Strum and assisting Scouts of Troop 3 from Nazareth Presbyterian Church for building and donating three picnic tables and three Bat houses to Hatcher Garden.
Xmas card
Two picnic tables near the Water Wise Demonstration Garden.
Xmas card
One picnic table on the Observation Deck overlooking the Lower Pond.

New Entrance to
the Ericaceous Collection

The Walter Soderberg Ericaceous Collection has been a hidden treasure, a collection of shrubs sitting unnoticed a few yards off of the paved path. The garden is most visible in the spring, when the azaleas and rhododendrons bloom (a few bloom in the fall). A new path was built off of the Thomas W. Bartram Trail with the addition of a granite legacy bench set up to bring more visitors to this beautiful spot in the garden. A large stone acts as one of the supports of the granite bench. Visitors can pause a moment and enjoy the garden from the bench.

The bench uses a large stone to support it.
The beginning of the path leading up to the bench.

The bench looking toward the collection.

Renovation of Corrie's Bridge
After suffering years of vandalism (vandals pulled out the beautiful natural slats of the bridge's railing), Corrie's Bridge was renovated. The railings were replaced and the whole structure was given a coat of red stain. Thank you to all involved in the renovation of this bridge, dedicated to a former board member.

Newt Hardie Named Barrie Bain Volunteer of the Year 2016

On May 5th, Tree Coalition President Newt Hardie was named the "Barrie Bain Volunteer of the Year" at this year's Twilight in the Garden dinner and auction. Every Wednesday morning for the past couple of years, Newt and the Trees Coalition Volunteers have been coming to Hatcher Garden with a focus on removing ivy, privet, and wisteria, coordinating their work with the garden horticulturist. Currently, their mission is to remove all ivy and invasive plants from Hatcher Garden. Even though they have volunteer work groups throughout the community working regularly, Hatcher Garden has been one of their weekly work sites over the past years and we welcome their ivy pulling volunteers!!

TheTrees Coalition is an offshoot of the Kudzu Coalition, which started as a Master Gardener community project to defend native trees and plants by ridding the area of kudzu. For more information, see their website. Hatcher Garden Board of Trustee Alanna Wildman says of Newt that he “walks outdoors each morning and declares, “It’s a jungle out there”.  For him, the jungle is not an obstacle, but a fantastic opportunity.  He is a force of nature driven by a single mission:  to rid Spartanburg of invasive ivy, kudzu and other plant world “thugs” that choke out the pretties.” He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.  Even a film crew came all the way from Japan to

sit at the knee of our kudzu guru for lessons in kudzu control. Thank you Newt Hardie (pictured above with his wife holding an engraved brick) and the Trees Coalition for your dedication and hard work!



Week of May 22 - 26

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!

Hearts of Hatcher

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

Many of our "veteran" volunteers 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!

Pictured right, Church of the Advent members volunteered at Hatcher Garden on June 15, 2015.

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