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Arboreta of Spartanburg County presents Arboretaville Tour

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Arboreta of Spartanburg County (ASC) will present a walking tour of Spartanburg's five arboreta on Saturday, Oct. 13. The purpose of the tour is for the public to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the collections. Participating organizations include Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg Community College, University of South Carolina Upstate and Wofford College.

The tour costs $30 per person and includes transportation to each arboretum, a guided tour and lunch.  Participants will travel by motorcoach to each location.  A professional from each arboretum will provide information about their collections and a guided walking tour highlighting specific specimens.  To register call Bea Walters Smith at USC Upstate at 864-503-5235. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2007.

“Spartanburg is unique in that there are five arboreta in the area.  Most cities would be lucky to have just one,” says Joe Mullinax, Executive Director of Hatcher Garden.  “Our city certainly has an appreciation of trees.  Each of the arboreta is different and all are available to the public to enjoy.  This is a sampling tour of Spartanburg as a tree town.  You won’t get to see everything, but we hope that you see enough that you’ll come back again and again.”

Participants will receive a map showing the location of each arboreta along with information on each one.  Door prizes and gifts will be given out during the tour. 

The Arboreta of Spartanburg County and The LandArt Design Group Inc. are sponsors of the tour.

Information on each arboreta:

Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is a 10-acre public garden located at 820 John B. White Sr. Blvd. in Spartanburg, S.C.  The Garden is open 365 days a year during daylight hours with no admission fee for families and individuals.  The Garden features a series of ponds; walking trails; plantings of annuals, perennials and shrubs; a native woodland of mixed hardwoods; and a diverse population of wildlife. The Garden’s tree collection consists of over 1,200 specimens representing over 100 species.  Hatcher Garden is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

The Milliken Aboretum - In 1969, Milliken & Company initiated a program that has transformed much of its 650-acre headquarters from a peach orchard into a horticultural testing ground for identifying, cultivating and sharing information about ‘Noble’ trees - the best of the best for the next generation. More than 3,000 trees, representing 90 species and more than 250 cultivars, have been individually chosen, staked and monitored. From its modest beginnings, today the ponds, trees and trails that make up the Milliken Arboretum are described by Dr. Michael Dirr as "One of the great tree collections in one of the most beautiful settings in the southeast …. or, for that matter, anywhere." Nationally recognized as one of the most significant corporate initiatives to develop knowledge about how to improve the environment and aesthetics of our communities, it is open to the public without charge. 

Spartanburg Community College’s Arboretum has a tremendous collection of trees, shrubs and perennials located throughout the campus, and are intensified in our horticulture garden and several specialty niche gardens. Our niche gardens include an International Peace Garden, Plant Zoo, Medicinal Garden and Outdoor Train Garden. The arboretum serves to beautify the campus and provide a living laboratory for our students to learn plant identification, use, and maintenance.

The University of South Carolina Upstate features the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, a 300-seat amphitheatre, meandering creek lined with stones and boulders, lighted walkways, and foliage indigenous to the area among its 12 acres. A place of serene natural beauty ideal for various activities, the Arboretum also serves as the center of gravity for campus life and student activities and provides a place for relaxation, for the enjoyment and advancement of academic studies, for contemplation and reflection, and for cultural, social and entertainment events.

Inspired in part by the work of Richard Florida (Cities and the Creative Class") and encompassing a National Historic District, the Wofford Arboretum(www.wofford.edu/arboretum) is a feast for the senses! Visitors, educators, students and staff enjoy this beautiful green oasis showcasing nearly 4,500 trees over more than 150 acres in downtown Spartanburg. This horticultural display is designed to promote environmental consciousness, to educate the community, and to heighten awareness of the importance of trees in a rapidly developing "new urban" world.