The Horticulture Department at Spartanburg Community College will be holding an Arboretum Adventure program on Oct. 1.
Each year an effort is made to support the SCC Arboretum where the horticultural trifecta, Jason Bagwell, Kevin Parris and Jay Moore, get together and map out programs to interest and delight plant lovers by importing interesting speakers for the community to participate in.
This year the evening program will present two talks sandwiched between an Asian dinner. Scott McMahan, a plant hunter from Georgia and owner of the plant nursery, "Garden Hood"in Atlanta will speak, followed by Andrew Bunting, past curator for the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and current plant director for the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Andrew Bunting will speak on his plant hunting travels along with the development of his home garden. His home garden, called Belvidere, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as well as This Old House. Bunting has written hundreds of articles for many of our favorite magazines, including The American Gardener, Fine Gardening, and Horticulture.
Scott McMahan has ties to Spartanburg, with a bachelor's degree from Wofford College and an associates degree in horticulture from Spartanburg Community College, making him one of our own. His internship from SCC led him to be a propagator then a nursery manager at the Atlanta Botanic Garden, and then to open McMahans Nursery, which specializes in rare plants for the Southeast.
The evening program starts at 5:30 with a lecture, then dinner, followed by a last talk. Tickets are $30 for a single or $50 for two. Tickets can be purchased at Gunter's Gardens or Carolina Garden World. Tickets are available online at www.sccsc.edu/arboretum or by calling Kim Fogle at 864-592-4624. This event is an opportunity to learn from our speakers while supporting one of our premier arboretums as well as one of the best horticultural programs on the East Coast.
Additionally, there is an industry horticultural program luncheon being held Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. Breeder Bob Head will speak on propagation followed by a panel question and answer session on critical horticultural issues facing the plant community today. For tickets to that event, contact Linda Cobb at 864-574-8493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Plant Sales
Now that cooler weather is finally upon us, we can start to think about reworking our gardens. We have been through the worst. You can use September and October to re-work the garden beds and plant new shrubs and trees. In addition, you will find the very best prices on some great healthy plants.
The Spartanburg Community College Horticultural Department will hold their fall plant sale on Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The sale will be located on the SCC campus at the greenhouses at 107 Community College Dr., near Fairforest Road and Business 85. Jay Moore tells us "the SCC Plant Sale is a culmination of years of students' hard work that gives them the opportunity to sell what they have produced. It is a labor of love for them."
Spartanburg Men's Garden Club plant sale is held Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. until, in the same location as the SCC Horticulture plant sale. A complete plant list for this club's sales can be found at www.dirtdaubers.org.
Hatcher Gardens, located at 832 John B. White Blvd., will also hold its fall plant sale Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Horticulturalist Jeff Hall will be offering plants from their Bartram Trail that are descendants from William Bartram's travels up and down the East Coast. Hall says, "We have plants for sun, shade, wet and dry spots in your garden. Remember, fall is the best time to plant. And we have 180 varieties and 5,000 plants to choose from." The sale will feature the Weeping Redbud tree "Traveller," which is a dazzling small tree for small spaces. In addition, they are offering a new oak leaf hydrangea called "Queen of Hearts."
Linda Cobb is a Master Gardener who lectures, teaches, and does garden design in South Carolina. She can be reached at (864) 574-8493 or email her at email@example.com. Visit her website at www.mygardenersguide.com
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