atcher Garden & Woodland Preserve dedicated the recently completed Water Wise Demonstration Garden, handicapped-accessible pathway and upgrades to the Jess Taylor Pavilion on September 18, 2014.

A paved pathway, funded by a grant from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation, winds from the Handicapped Parking/Safe Bus Turnaround past the entrance to the environmentally friendly garden space created as a result of a grant from Spartanburg Water. It ends at the entrance to the pavilion where visitors can find expanded restroom facilities and a water fountain.





“A combination of grants and private and corporate donations made these enhancements possible,” said Al Jolly, newly-elected chair of the Hatcher Garden board. Jolly, an architect and chair of Hatcher’s Project Implementation Committee, was intimately involved with the process from the beginning, focusing particularly on the expansion of the restroom facilities and drainage and landscaping of the entire area. “Once again, the community has come together to create a new garden space and accessible facilities for the garden,” Jolly added.

The eight-bed Water Wise Demonstration Garden – designed with input from Hatcher’s Horticulture Committee, the Charles Lea Center and both Spartanburg Regional Hospice and Interim Healthcare Hospice – was financed primarily through a grant from Spartanburg Water. Making the garden wheelchair accessible so everyone could enjoy the low-maintenance, drought-resistant garden was one of the major goals of the project.

The garden staff worked closely with Spartanburg Water’s general manager, Sue Schneider, to design and implement the educational garden. Arborvitae and a Japanese maple, gifts from Roebuck Wholesale Landscaping, anchor the garden filled with perennials chosen specifically for their ability to thrive without irrigation in Spartanburg’s climate. Mostly dwarf varieties were selected to keep garden pruning to a minimum.

Though the initial plan did not include upgrades to the pavilion, a donation from the Jess Taylor family, other individuals and organizations and companies made it possible for the bathrooms to be expanded and made compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). These improvements fit perfectly with the new pathway and garden which were designed to be wheelchair accessible, all contributing to Hatcher’s mission to make the garden accessible to everyone.

“The fact that we were able to add a water fountain, something the garden has needed to accommodate visitors and school groups, was an added bonus,” Robin Vollmer, executive director of Hatcher Garden, says of the generous donations by Linda Toms and the Botanical Belles Garden Club. In addition, Kohler Corporation donated the ADA compliant bathroom fixtures and money was raised through a Fund-a-Flush at last spring’s Twilight in the Garden to make the upgrades possible.

It is only fitting that all those who contributed to the projects be able to come together at the dedication to celebrate their gift to the community.



Interested in growing Water Wise plants? You can view the plants we have in our Water Wise garden, some of them are even available for purchase.


Create Your Own
Water Wise Garden

Location. Location. Location.
Locate your garden thoughtfully. Select a garden site that is relatively flat. Rainfall drains rapidly from a steep slope. Conifers and evergreens on the north and west can provide protection from prevailing winds.

Testing! Testing!
Obtain a soil test to determine lime and fertilizer needs rather than applying amendments randomly. Proper soil preparation is a requirement for success.

Start small.
Consider available time. A smaller, well-maintained garden is more attractive and productive than a larger one that is unkempt.

Make a Path.
Create pathways to eliminate compaction of soil in planting beds. Where possible, use recycled or repurposed items to delineate beds and create paths. Gravel or other permeable material allows rainwater to soak in, not run off to create drainage issues outside the garden.


Water Wise Garden
Plantings

Choose Wisely.
Choose a mixture of drought tolerant plants. Shrubs, perennials and bulbs form the “backbone” and can be augmented with long-blooming, drought tolerant annuals for extended color. Include plants that provide pollen and nectar if you want to attract butterflies and bees. Incorporating vegetables or herbs into the garden can be ornamental and provide a kitchen bonus. We will be selling some water wise plants featured in our garden at our Summer Plant Sale.

Group by Need.
Cluster plants with similar needs together. If serious drought indicates the need for hand-watering, having the thirstiest plants in one place allows the concentrated use of supplemental water.

Save Time and Energy.
Limit maintenance time and equipment use by selecting plants that will not outgrow their spaces or require extensive care to look their best.

One Word. Mulch.
Use mulch to reduce water loss and the need for weeding. Natural mulches like pine needles or aged wood chips will retain moisture and enhance the soil as they decay.

Enjoy!
Include a bench, chair or rest spot, so that you can enjoy the garden’s sights and smells.



An allée of sweetgum (Liquidambar 'Slender Silhouette') lines the paved path to the Jess Taylor Pavilion.


Along with the upgraded and expanded restrooms, a water fountain was installed as well as drain which diverts the runoff rain water away from the restrooms' interior.

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