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New Paved Paths and Walls

Storm Damage

Pictured Right: In May 2017, Hatcher Garden was named Best Local Tourist Attraction by The Herald Journal/'s Best of the Best, which is Spartanburg's People's Choice Awards. Thank you for all those who voted!


Pictured above, students from USC Upstate Spartans Freshmen 101 class on November 4 helped take down and remove the banana plants near the entrance. It is important to take the plants down before the first frost which will turn to blackened mush just like banana fruit. Like last year, small bananas were found growing with a flower head (lower right). If our growing season were longer, they would mature. Being a perennial, the plant will rise from the roots in the spring.

Late October Storm Damage
On Monday, October 23, Spartanburg County experienced severe storms and tornadic activity. Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve was not spared the storm's fury. Over a dozen trees, some of them older noble trees, were toppled over by the storm's high winds. Limbs torn off of other trees and shrubs. Pines, maples, sweetgums and oaks were brought down, blocking paths and even causing one of the paved paths to crack and be pushed up because the one tree's roots lay underneath. Even the newly paved paths experienced fallen trees and were blocked off for the safety of our visitors. Even though some trees were cleared for the our Halloween event, the Pumpkin Path, clean up still continues.

Fall For Hatcher 2017

Day of the Dead decorations and Nachos

The tables of samplings from Palmetto Palate Catering and The Farmer's Table.

Okay, Okay...this is the webguy's favorite doughnut, bacon maple, from Downtown Deli and Donut.

First time participant at Fall for Hatcher: Pizza Inn

Making a bid on one of our wonderful selection of silent auction items.

The winner of Bon Appétit Award:
Cribb's Kitchen & Catering.

New Paved Paths and Stone Walls

The first week of August saw the paving of paths in Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve after weeks of clearing and ground work. This almost doubles the amount of walking/
exercise paths in the garden. One path starts at the Garden of Hope & Healing and goes behind the turtle pond and meets up with the current paved path. Another path starts there and goes around the new acquired addition to Hatcher Garden crosses over The Thomas W. Bartram Trail meanders across the original paved path and comes out near Corrie's Bridge. Later in the month, three stone walls were constructed and completed along these paths. A rock bed was created to help with drainage and a paver bed as established as well. Come and enjoy walking these new paved paths and check out the beautiful stone walls!

Hatcher Garden Coloring Pages

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve is now offering coloring pages for you to download and color. They are fun to color and and provide some fun facts as well. Currently there are seven pages with more to be added over the next couple months. 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.

New Wall on the Bartram Trail

Among the new construction in the garden is a new stone wall located across from the Altrusa Native Plant Garden on the Bartram Trail.

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!



Week of November 6 - 10

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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