A Look at the Year 2017 at
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve



During the month of February, Hatcher Garden offered our patrons the opportunity to celebrate the month of love by donating hand decorated valentines to be displayed throughout the garden in remembrance or in honor
of a loved ones. These laminated valentines were hand crafted by children at The Anchor House, Hope Center for Children. Two trees were decorated with these beautiful valentines.


  Daffodils! Daffodils! Daffodils!






Hatcher Garden has always had daffodils, located in the Garden of Hope & Healing, the Josephine Hatcher Woodland Garden and near the mountain path. A welcome surprise this spring was the handiwork of Dan, Peggie and the volunteers last fall. They planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs throughout the garden. Due to the warm winter, the daffodils, as well as the woodland wildflowers, started blooming about a month earlier starting in late February.
March 5th
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."

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

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 construction and donation 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 Thomas W. Bartram Trail. The garden is most visible in the spring, when the azaleas and rhododendrons bloom (a few bloom in the fall). A new woodland path was laid down 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 legs of the granite bench. Visitors can pause a moment or more and enjoy the garden from the bench.
The path leading up to the bench.
A large stone acts as one of the legs.
The bench looking toward the collection.

   APRIL 21- 22
  Spring Plant Sale

As always a great selection of trees, shrubs and perennials at our spring plant sale. The First African Violet Group coordinated their spring sale with ours. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day!


   MAY 4

   Twilight in the Garden

Twilight in the Garden, the Upstate’s Premier Garden Party, our signature fundraising event is an elegant, celebrated garden party with cocktails, music, an irresistible, gourmet dinner buffet, with silent and live auction items. At this year's event, the next two projects for the garden were announced: a New Entrance (and parking lot) and the development of a Children's Garden.

Hatcher Garden named Kathleen and Ed Elam as the "Barrie Bain Volunteer of the Year". Kathleen, a Hatcher Garden board member and Ed, her husband, together assist Robin Vollmer, Executive Director, in writing grant applications for such organizationas as the Mary Black Foundation, the Spartanburg Regional Foundation and the Women Giving for Spartanburg. She continues to help write others, such as the recent Chapman Cultural Center General Operating Support Grant and working with Dan to write the American Conifer Society National.

May 13
Building Classroom Benches

On a warm spring Saturday morning, Boy Scout Troop 2 of Spartanburg built small benches as their Boy Scout project. Later that month, the benches were placed in the small clearing that became the outdoor garden classroom located off of the new Mary Black Foundation Trail (see entry below).

Above, the boys scouts constructing the benches. The newly installed benches (pictured left) in the garden classroom on the Mary Black Foundation Trail.

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 eight pages, the last two were released at the Pumpkin Path and Santa in the Garden. Click here to access the page to download the pages as well as see pictures as a reference. The pages are also available at the Jess Taylor Pavilion.
Named Best Local Tourist Attraction

Hatcher Garden was named Best Local Tourist Attraction by The Herald Journal/goupstate.com's Best of the Best, which is Spartanburg's version of People's Choice Awards. Thank you for all those who voted for us!

Hatcher Garden in Spartanburg Magazine

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve was fortunate to be featured in the 2017 Summer issue of Spartanburg Magazine. The article said our beautiful local garden attracts visitors from Georgia and North Carolina.

The Mary Black Foundation Trail
After weeks of clearing and groundwork, the first week of August saw the paving of Mary Black Foundation Trail in Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. This addition almost doubles the amount of walking/exercise paths in the garden. One path begins 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!

New Wall on the Bartram Trail

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

   OCTOBER 1 - 13
  Fall Plant Sale

This year we ran out plant sales for two weeks to provide patrons with more opportunity to buy plants. Like last year, our wide selection of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses straddled the paved path for easier selection.

  Fall For Hatcher

Our annual Gourmet Garden Event featured gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by Spartanburg's favorite local chefs. This year's autumnal friend raiser event had a silent auction as well as it was a second year for our Bon Appétit Award. Guests voted for their favorite restaurant from the culinary samples displayed and sampled. This year's Bon Appétit Award winner was long time supporter, Cribb’s Kitchen & Catering.


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. Eight large trees were toppled over by the storm's high winds. 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 our Halloween event, the Pumpkin Path, clean up still continues.

OCTOBER 25 -27
Visit of Dr. Lolly Tai

To round out a very busy month here at Hatcher Garden, Dr. Lolly Tai, a professor of Landscape Architecture at Temple University, visited and consulted with the Hatcher Children's Garden Design Team. She and the team walked about the garden and reviewed different areas in the garden for posssible locations for the new children's garden. A new plan for an expanded area was developed. While here, Dr. Tai also made a presentation to the Harold and Josephine Hatcher Society Donor Appreciation Event. She is the author of The Magic of Children's Gardens. We appreciate Dr. Tai's visit and input in our garden.

clematis    OCTOBER 26
  Pumpkin Path

This year's Pumpkin Path had fun activities and trick-or-treating for children through 6th grade. While admission was free, children were encouraged to bring items that benefitted The Haven, a shelter for homeless familes. This year, Spartanburg Day School and Converse College's Valkyries for Volunteering lent their support to our event.

  Santa in the Garden

This was the ninth year we hosted Santa Claus as he took a break from making toys to visit with the children of the Spartanburg area. This year he brought the snow with him! Children brought food items to Santa that he delivered to the Middle Tyger River Community Center food bank before he headed back to his North Pole Workshop. Amy Wojcik from Spartan Photo took pictures of the children with Santa. Children had an opportunity to decorate a cookie and pick up a new coloring page featuring the Christmas Rose, a winter blooming hellebore.


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