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The Spartanburg Community College Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust to map and label ornamental horticulture specimen at the Spartanburg Community College Arboretum on the College's Central Campus in Spartanburg. The project will utilize PlantsMap to create an accessible, online map of the College's arboretum, and enable future plantings to replace the $500,000 in ornamental horticulture destroyed by a tornado on October 23, 2017.
"We are excited that this grant will allow our students, our community, and individuals all over the world to learn more about the diverse trees and plants in our arboretum via the PlantsMap internet database," said Jason Bagwell, department chair for SCC Horticulture Programs.
SCC's Central Campus is the most diverse arboretum in the Upstate and is a nationally recognized arboretum. The SCC Horticulture Department team has worked for years to install a variety of gardens, trees and plants which provides Hort students with opportunities to design and create horticultural spaces. Horticulture classes are held onsite in these "outside classrooms," allowing students to develop, plant, and maintain the gardens as part of the curriculum. The Arboretum, together with greenhouses, a nursery production area, unique niche gardens and an ornamental garden, provides students with hands-on learning experiences that lead to numerous educational and career opportunities in the progressive southeast. Students graduate skilled in ornamental horticulture practices and have hands-on experience they can utilize throughout their career.
In addition to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust funds, local sources will provide a $5,000 match, bringing the total project funding to $10,000.