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On May 18th, Hatcher Garden was named Best Local Tourist Attraction for the second year in a row by the Herald-Journal's Best of the Best in Spartanburg (pictured right). We would like to thank everyone who voted for us!

New Hatcher Garden Coloring Pages for 2018

Two more coloring pages are available for you to download and color. They are fun to color and and provide some fun facts as well. These two pages features beardless irises and two unusual trilliums found at Hatcher Garden. Click here to access the page to download the pages as well as see pictures as a reference. Pages are also available at the Jess Taylor Pavilion.

This Community Project Was Really for the Birds!

On Saturday, July 28th, Wild Birds Unlimited of Spartanburg sponsored this community project. Staff and volunteers built birdhouse kits and installed them around Hatcher Garden in a little over two hours. Bird feeders were also set up, laden with bird seed, mainly at the new Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo. Many thanks to Wild Birds Unlimted Nature Shop for this generous project and their continued support of Hatcher Garden. They are located at 468 E. Main Street in downtown Spartanburg. Their phone number is (864) 585-0409.

Father and son build a birdhouse

Poles for the bird feeders being placed in the dirt

Birdhouses to be assembled

Filling up the bird feeders with seed

Jonathan, Denise and Eric from Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop

Four bird feeders near the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo

At the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo
twilight During the first week of July, a Little Free Library was installed at the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo on the Thomas W. Bartram Trail across from the turtle pond. Built and donated by the Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2678, the Little Free Library holds books for children to borrow and return. With subjects about nature, the books are available both in English and en Español. Its Charter number is 49409. Our library is one of twelve in the City of Spartanburg. For more information about the Little Free Library, click here. For more information on the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Childrens's Gazebo and its construction, click here.

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

The giveaway was sponsored by the Lady Slipper Garden Club of Spartanburg. The winners are Marcos and Leidy Visoso (center), pictured with Cathy Minch, (right), Member of Lady Slipper Garden Club and Chairman of National Garden Week and Robin Vollmer, (left), Executive Director of Hatcher Garden. Visitors had an opportunity to sign up for a chance to win the beautiful container garden during National Garden Week.

Here are other events to look forward to
in 2018:

Fall for Hatcher
Gourmet Garden Party
& Auction

Tuesday, October 9

Pumpkin Path
Thursday, October 25

Santa in the Garden
Saturday, December 1

On the Mary Black Foundation Woodland Trail
Tranquility Place

More plants have been planted at the newly established Tranquility Place on the Mary Black Foundation Woodland Trail. Solomon's seals, hydrangeas, hostas, chocolate chip ajugas and a japanese maple have joined the plantings of irises and ferns amongst the large rocks. The area has a section of pavers and a legacy garnite bench dedicated to Cathy, Jill, Kathie, Linda, Sheila and Susan. The location offers views into the Josephine Hatcher Woodland Garden as well as one can see the new Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo in the opposite direction and the hellebore beds. Come have a seat on the granite bench and experience the peaceful and beautiful views of Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve.

The evening started with a downpour and driving winds. But after the weather settled down and the sun came out, the evening's festivities began in earnest. A wonderful dinner was catered by Cribb's Catering for this 30th anniversary celebration. 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 recognitions of volunteers.

The wonderful selection of silent auction items to choose and bid on.
Roasted pork loin with sweet corn succotash and brussels leaf crisp was one of the delicious items.

In recognition of the Barrie Bain Volunteers of the Year

The Elders and Sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
Day Saints were recognized for their work at Hatcher Garden especially after last fall's tornadic event that knocked down about a dozen trees. They volunteer every week; the Sisters on Wednesdays and the Elders on Thursdays.

 Hatcher Garden Board member Stan
 Parker was recognized for his tireless and
 productive fundraising efforts last year.

We would like to remember Newt Hardie who passed away on Saturday May 5. He and the Trees Coalition were recognized as the Barrie Bain Volunteers of the Year for 2016.

New Construction
at Hatcher Garden

Construction of the new expanded construction entrance began with the building of the stone walls on both sides of the entrance in March and was completed in May. The new garden entry as well was completed. The construction of a children's gazebo located on the Bartram Trail was also completed. For more information and pictures, click here.

Available Now!
The 2017 Hatcher Garden Note Cards

Perched on a branch near the Pavilion in the Garden of Hope & Healing, a female cardinal is the star of this year's Hatcher Garden Christmas card. Overcast, snow flurries softly fall to add a fresh layer to the ground. These cards are blank inside for personal messages from thank you notes or correspondence. Christmas cards are still available for purchase and Giclee prints are avaiable upon request. Come by the office and pick up yours or order online by clicking here!


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 holidays! To see more information on the NBC News story, click here.



Week of August 13 - August 17

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 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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