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The School of Horticulture at Spartanburg Community College is preparing to hold its annual fundraiser.
Arboretum Adventures is an event designed to invite the community onto the campus in the form of a benefit to raise money for the gardens on campus. This year’s program is at 6 p.m. Oct. 13.
The guest speaker is Jenks Farmer, an author and expert in garden plants and gardening. His lecture is titled “New Southern Gardens with Old Southern Roots.” You will not want to miss this lecture.
Farmer is a prominent South Carolina horticulturalist who designed and built Riverbanks Botanical Garden in Columbia and Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City. He has lectured for The Smithsonian, Wave Hill, Epcot, Garden Clubs of America, and the Northwest Flower Show. In addition, Farmer has written for Fine Gardening Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, and Botanic Gardens Conversation International.
He is the author of the book, “Deep Rooted Wisdom, Lessons from Generations of Gardeners.” Farmer and his partner, Tom Hall, run the lily farm with a team of interns. Farmer is also the East Coast authority on crinium, a tough Southern plant suited for our climate.
Dinner will be served after Farmer's lecture. Farmer also will sell copies of his book.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. The dinner and talk will be held in the Tracy Gaines Auditorium at the college, located at 107 Community College Drive in Spartanburg. The price of your ticket also includes a membership to the SCC Friends of the Arboretum.
Tickets should be purchased by Oct. 6. Tickets are available online at www.sccsc.edu/arboretum or by calling 864-592-4624.
In addition to the dinner, a lunch program also will be held on Oct. 13. Cultivating Conversations will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a lecture by Brian Upchurch. He is one of the horticulture industry’s expert grafters and founder of Highland Creek Nursery in Fletcher, N.C. Following his lecture, a box lunch will be served and a panel discussion will be held with members of the horticulture industry. To attend the event, call Linda Cobb at 864-590-1957 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.
On Oct. 14-15, the weekend culminates with the Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg Men's Garden Club fall plant sales. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the garden pavilion on the college campus.
The college plant sale offers annuals grown by the students, as well as perennials, shrubs and some trees.
The Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club also will hold its plant sale on the college campus in the same location. The club is selling dwarf crape myrtles three for $35. For a complete plant list of the club's plants for sale, go to www.dirtdaubers.org, then click on "Year-Round Plant Sale."
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, located at 820 John B. White Sr. Blvd. in Spartanburg, will hold its fall plant sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Go online to www.hatchergarden.org, click on "Fall Plant Sale" to get directions and download the plant list. The African
Violet Fall Plant Sale will also be held at the garden during the same hours. For more information, call 864-574-7724.
Just a reminder that fall is a great time to plant in your garden. There are many reasons to plant in the fall season as opposed to the spring. First and foremost, there are a lot of pretty great plant sales because the nurseries do not want to carry over a big inventory through winter into next year. The second reason is the weather is cooler and more conducive to planting. And the last reason is the plant should spend all winter settling into the spot where it is planted. And when spring arrives, the plant will be ready to grow and bloom in that spot. The plants that are planted in the spring tend to go into shock and have a delayed growth symptom. Consider these points when shopping for plants this fall at the plant sales.
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.