A Look at the Year 2018 at
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve


Ice and Snow

The first week of January was frigid, freezing the ponds and creating beautiful ice patterns on top of the ponds (below). In the middle of the month, we had a snowfall (right) of several inches which blanketed the garden. Of course, the hardy witch hazel bloomed despite the snow. (bottom right)

Eagle Scout Project

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Boy Scout Troop 2 gave to HG......
On the first Saturday of the new year, Boy Scout Troop 2 braved the frigid below- freezing temperatures to perform their Eagle Scout Project. They stained posts and boards, painted letters and dug holes for the posts. The signs were assembled and installed along the paved paths of Hatcher Garden. Walk along the paved paths and see if you can spell out "Hatcher Garden".


During the month of February, Hatcher Garden celebrated its second year of Send Your Love during the month of love by donors who bought hand decorated valentines to be displayed in 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.


Preparation for the Upgraded Hatcher Garden Road Entrance

Preparation and construction of the revitalized garden road entrance began in early March. Plans were announced at the 2017 Twilight in the Garden event about widening the current two lane road to three and bookending the new entrance with beautiful stone walls with the Hatcher Garden logo upon it. Hellebores, hostas, shrubs and trees were moved to other parts of the garden. Later in March, once all the plants were removed, the foundation was dug, cement poured and the wall structure was built with cement blocks followed by the stonework. The completed structured was completed by late April. Thanks to Roebuck Landscaping for their beautiful work! A Hatcher Garden logo was added with lights in September. To see more about the construction, click here.

Two Easter themed events happened on this Saturday: Pictures with the Easter Bunny and our 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. J. Holocomb Photography provided the opportunity to have children photographed with the Easter Bunny. A portion of the proceeds was donated to Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve.
AlignLife of Spartanburg West sponsored our first Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny hid the eggs so well, they were still being found a week later!

April is National Prevent Child Abuse Month
Once again, Hatcher Garden commemorated April as National Prevent Child Abuse Month with displays of blue and silver pinwheels, a symbol used by the group Prevent Child Abuse America. We are turning toward a future where all chidren are safe!


This class was a fun activity for children aged four to eight during Spring Break. Led by board member Jenifer Steller and her daughter, Carlton, children learned about Hatcher Garden's woodland preserve, searched for good fairy hiding places, and discovered what items can be gathered to make fairy crowns and bracelets. The class included a photo shoot wearing the newly made costumes, a healthy fairy snack picnic and a sensory scavenger hunt.
  WEEK OF APRIL 16 - 21
Spring Plant Sale

Construction of the New Garden Entry and Children's Gazebo

New Entry into
Hatcher Garden
With the garden road entrance construction well under way, ground was broke for the new stone garden entry into the garden. Shortly after that, construction was begun on the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo located on the Bartram Trail. Both were finished in early May. In July, the children's gazebo became the occupant of the City of Spartanburg's twelveth Little Free Library. With subjects about nature, the books are available both in English and en Español. Its Charter number is 49409. To see more about the construction, click here. For more information about the Little Free Library, click here.

New Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo

This year's Twilight in the Garden, the Upstateā€™s Premier Garden Party, started with a downpour just as the festivities began. Despite the rain, the crowd enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Cribb's Catering and celebrated our 30th year.
Hatcher Garden named two winners of the "Barrie Bain Volunteer 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. And Hatcher Garden Board member Stan Parker was recognized for his tireless and productive fundraising efforts last year.

During the auction, a flash auction was held to raise money for a new vehicle to transport plants and objects around the garden. The golf carts were needing replacement. The money raised made the purchase of a John Deere Gator possible in June. The vehicle even has a dumper for easier removal of material like mulch or debris. Thank you to all for making this possible!

   FRIDAY, MAY 18    WEEK OF JUNE 3 - 9
Named Best Local Tourist Attraction

For the second year in a row, 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 the People's Choice Awards. Thank you to all our fans who voted for us!

National Garden Week

Hatcher Garden celebrated National Garden Week with a giveaway, which was spon-sored 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 Ruppe, (left), Executive Director of Hatcher Garden.

Tranquility Place on the Mary Black
Foundation Woodland Trail

Established in late June, Tranquility Place on the Mary Black Foundation Woodland Trail has Solomon's seals, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns, chocolate chip ajugas and a japanese maple planted amongst the large rocks. This shaded area has a section of pavers and a legacy granite 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.

Wild Birds Unlimited Community Project for the Birds
Wild Birds Unlimited of Spartanburg sponsored this community project. Staff and volunteers built birdhouses from 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 generously supply bird seed throughout the year at Hatcher Garden. They recently relocated to 1200 E. Main Street, Suite 6 in the Converse Shopping Center. Their phone number is (864) 585-0409.

A lot of work gets done by the volunteers who help in the garden weekly. On this Saturday three groups of volunteers working in different places in the garden as well as one young man doing service hours in connection with St. Paul's Catholic School. We appreciate our volunteers who take the time help us keep our garden green and growing! For more information on volunteering, click here.

Volunteers from USC Upstate and the United Way of the Upstate spent the morning putting on a fresh coat of paint on the graphics on the Born Learning Trail. The learning trail was first painted a couple of years ago on an access road into the lower garden.

Student volunteers from Wofford College put a coat of stain on the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo on the Thomas W. Bartram Trail. The gazebo was built earlier this year and has a little free library attached to it (see above).
"Bee" the Change Day Service Project

Isabella Goodchild-Michelman & Garden Manager Dan Shook

Girl scouts preparing to plant

The girls also painted stones with the markings of bees (pictured right). These stones will used as decoration in the completed garden.
Fifth graders of Girl Scout Troop 1344 participated in "Bee" the Change Day, the service project of Isabella Goodchild-Michelman (pictured left). Isabella's interest in environmental science is the focus of this service project about native perennial pollinators, specifically the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, which was placed on the endangered species list. The two goals of this Gold Award Service Project is to promote bee health in Spartanburg and provide education to younger girls by means of future signage and pamphlets. The girls prepared the soil near the Turtle Pond on the Mary Black Foundation Woodland Trail and planted goldenrod, sedum and butterfly bushes to establish a Perennial Pollinator Garden there.

  Fall Plant
 Sale Week

This year we offered "Ask a Master Gardener" at the Fall Plant Sale. Patrons had the opportunity to ask Master Gardeners advice on plants and gardening. Like last year, our wide selection of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses straddled the paved path leading to the Jess Taylor Pavilion for easier selection. The First African Society of Spartanburg also were selling plants and supplies in the office.

  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 that included gourmet cakes and baked goods. (see right)Guests voted for their favorite restaurant from the culinary samples displayed and sampled. This year's Bon Appétit Award winner for a second time was The Farmer's Table.


  Pumpkin Path

This year's Pumpkin Path had a record turnout due to Facebook. About 3000 people (over 1000 children) enjoyed fun activities and trick-or-treating aimed at children through 6th grade. A two hour event, we ran out of candy as we closed at 6:00p.m. While admission was free, children were encouraged to bring items to benefit The Haven, a shelter for homeless familes. This year, Business School Honors Fraternity (ΒΑΨ) lent their support to our event. And Spartan Photo provided the Boo-tiful Photos! Thank you!!

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve offered a wreath making workshop to help get ready for the holidays. Eight people were provided with the 12 inch wire wreath form, wire, greens, and the necessary tools. Participants provided their own ribbons and ornaments as well as gloves for handling the greens.

  Santa in the Garden
This was the tenth year we hosted Santa Claus as he took a break from making toys to visit with the children of the Spartanburg area. The rain didn't dampen the Christmas Spirit. 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 crayons were provided to color the three different coloring pages. The coloring new page this year featured snowdrops and snowflakes.

We Look Forward to the Exciting Developments at Hatcher Garden in 2019!
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