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New Construction in the Garden

New Bird Feeders

New Coloring Pages

Hatcher Garden and Your Health

On May 18th, Hatcher Garden was named Best Local Tourist Attraction for the second year in a row by the Herald-Journal's Best of the Best in Spartanburg (pictured right). We would like to thank everyone who voted for us!

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Thursday, November 29
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WE will provide 12" wreath form, wire, greens, and necessary tools.
YOU will provide gloves to wear while you handle freshly cut greens and any adornments you want, such as ribbon and ornaments. No glass ornaments, please!
Cost of workshop is $10.00 per person. Reserve your spot today, only eight people in this class!

A Holiday Tradition continues....

Saturday, December 1
10:00a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Santa is excited about returning to Hatcher Garden for his tenth year! Santa encourages children to bring a non-perishable food can or box to help the needy. Santa and his helpers will deliver these items to the Middle Tyger Community Center. Children will receive a photo of their visit with Santa, courtesy of Spartan Photo (they are on the Good list!). Children can decorate a Christmas cookie as well as get a Christmas flower coloring page. Download the flyer for more information or go to the webpage.

Grouper, tenderloin and vegetables A-Plenty
from the Beacon. (Yes, they cater!)

The selection from Cribbs Catering (last year's winner of the Bon Appétit Award)

Delicious Donuts from Downtown Deli & Donuts

First time this year! A selection of
delicious cakes and cookies to bid upon!

A selection of quiches and red beet salad
from Mon Amie

Winners of the 2018 Bon Appétit Award:
The Farmer's Table (their second time!)

Many Thanks to Our Fall for Hatcher Restaurant Sponsors! Please Support them!

New Addition to Entrance
A Hatcher Garden logo was installed on the newly constructed wall at the garden entrance. For more information and pictures of the construction, click here.

Volunteers on Saturday September 22
This Saturday was a particularly busy morning with three groups of volunteers working in different places in the garden as well as one young man doing service hours in connection with St. Paul's Catholic School. We appreciate our volunteers who take the time help us keep our garden green and growing! For more information on volunteering, see below.

Volunteers from USC Upstate and the United Way of the Upstate spent the morning putting on a fresh coat of paint on the graphics on the Born Learning Trail. The learning trail was first painted a couple of years ago on an access road into the lower garden.

Student volunteers from Wofford College put a coat of stain on the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo on the Thomas W. Bartram Trail. The gazebo was built earlier this year and has a little free library attached to it (see below).

Isabella & Garden Manager Dan Shook

Girl scouts preparing to plant

Painting the bee stones

Fifth graders of Girl Scout Troop 1344 participated in "Bee" the Change Day, the service project of Isabella Goodchild-Michelman (pictured left). Isabella's interest in environmental science is the focus of this service project about native perennial pollinators, specifically the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, which was placed on the endangered species list (see inset below). The two goals of this Gold Award Service Project is to promote bee health in Spartanburg and provide education to younger girls by means of future signage and pamphlets. The girls prepared the soil near the Turtle Pond on the Mary Black Foundation Woodland Trail and planted goldenrod, sedum and butterfly bushes to establish a Perennial Pollinator Garden there. The girls also painted stones with the markings of bees. These stones will used as decoration.


Rusty Patched Bumblebee
(Bombus affinis)

On March 21, 2017, this was the first bee to be placed on the endangered species list. Named for the brown patch on its back, this bumblebee is losing its habitats due to human encroachment. Its population has dropped by 87%.

New Hatcher Garden Coloring Pages for 2018

Three more coloring pages are available for you to download and color. They are fun to color and and provide some fun facts as well. These three pages features beardless irises, two unusual trilliums and two herons which visit Hatcher Garden. Click here to access the page to download the pages as well as see pictures as a reference. Pages are also available at the Jess Taylor Pavilion.

At the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo
twilight During the first week of July, a Little Free Library was installed at the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Children's Gazebo on the Thomas W. Bartram Trail across from the turtle pond. Built and donated by the Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2678, the Little Free Library holds books for children to borrow and return. With subjects about nature, the books are available both in English and en Español. Its Charter number is 49409. Our library is one of twelve in the City of Spartanburg. For more information about the Little Free Library, click here. For more information on the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Childrens's Gazebo and its construction, click here.


NBC News recently had a story on ecotherapy, where a doctor prescribed taking a walk in nature instead of pills to deal with some cases of anxiety and depression. Ecotherapy combines nature walks with therapy sessions and simple exercises. Patients are instructed to focus on three key elements:
   - The sounds of chirping birds
   - The visuals of trees and leaves
   - The sound of streams or rivers
Hatcher Garden has all these things! Come take a walk in Hatcher Garden especailly in these stressful holidays! To see more information on the NBC News story, click here.



Week of November 12 - 16

Monday - Friday - General maintenance of garden

9:00 am. - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet Dan and Peggy at the pavilion, beside the parking lot, to find out what needs to be done. No experience necessary. Dan will always have plenty for us to do. We do a wide range of tasks including propagating, planting, mulching,and weeding. Become one of the Hearts of Hatcher!

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS with the veteran Hatcher Volunteers (Hearts of Hatcher)
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Many of our "veteran" volunteers (Hearts of Hatcher) originally gathered on Thursdays to work in the garden. Some have over 10 years experience! Now a group of our veterans come on Tuesdays as well. Come join in the work and fellowship with the great folks who help to make the Garden grow!

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