pened in the spring of 2006, the Conifer Collection surrounds the Gazebo and extends from the paved footpath to the fountain in the upper pond. There are over 200 species in the collection. In the spring of 2013, the conifer collection was named an ACS Reference Garden, see below.

Our collection includes pines, spruces, firs, larches, yews, junipers, cedars, cypresses, and sequoias as well as some deciduous trees (plants that lose their leaves in the winter) and shrubs such as the Bald Cypress and Gingko biloba. The conifers in our collection show off the wide range of colors, shapes and structure available in the conifer family. Conifers are the largest trees on the planet. Providing year round interest with their colors and textures, conifers can make a great impact in Southern landscaping. Double click on the examples to the right to compare colors and textures, even within species.

Conifer refers to any gymnosperm ("naked seed") tree or shrub of the phylum Coniferophyta. Conifers were one of the first plants to emerge and populate the earth. Fossils of the Gingko specimens dating back to the dinosaur era have been found. Typically having seed bearing cones (the word conifer comes from combining the Greek word "cone" with the Latin word "bearer"),
conifers tend to have hard needle-type leaves that stay green throughout the year and can survive freezing temperatures. This evergreen property has made them a favorite at winter holidays. Some members of the conifer family are deciduous and included in our collection.

In March of 2013, the American Conifer Society named Hatcher Garden a reference garden, one of only 15 gardens in the Southeast to receive this designation. The South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson is the only other ACS reference garden in our state.
To qualify as a reference garden, the garden must have at least 30 conifers and eight genera in its collection. We have 109 specimens planted with 40 species and 16 genera, making the collection unusually interesting and diverse. Approached in 2012 by the American Conifer Society, horticulturist Jeff Hall was asked if Hatcher Garden would participate in the Reference Garden Program.


See Linda Cobb's article at goupstate.com concerning this special designation.

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Deodar Cedar
Cedrus deodara 'Sander's Blue'

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Japanese Cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Arancariodes'

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Deodar Cedar
Cedrus deodara 'Cream Puff'

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Arizona Cypress
Cupresus globra 'Blue Ice'

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Japanese False Cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard'


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