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Arbor Day:
Friday, December 2, 2016


USC Upstate celebrated the 13th anniversary of the University's Arbor Day Celebration, which is held annually on South Carolina Arbor Day, the first Friday in December. This year’s presentations and luncheon were held at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business & Economics. Tickets are $30 each.

David Culp

Our featured speaker this year was David Culp. He offered two presentations: “Layer Gardens” and a “Second Look at spring.” Culp  also presented a bonus lecture titled Trends in Horticulture" at the Sponsor Breakfast. 

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications.

He is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society.   David is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. He is author of the book The Layered Garden  published  by Timber Press An expert on, David is a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  

In 2013 The Layered Garden won the coveted Best Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association.

He has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in  Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV.  Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.  (See video of David's appearance on the Martha Stewart Show  (9:56))

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit.  He serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee.

 Noble Tree of the Year

Ricky McAbee, President of Roebuck Wholesale Nursery, has declared Skinny Genes® Oak, Quercus robur x alba as the Noble Tree of the Year. We will be planting a Skinny Genes on Arbor Day Eve in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and in several other downtown locations. 



Book available for purchase:

The Layer Garden by David Culp: $35  

Schedule: Friday, December 2

8:00 a.m.  Sponsor Breakfast:
Trends in Horticulture"
David Culp
The George Rotunda
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
9:00 a.m.Presentation:
"Layer Garden"
David Culp
BMW Classroom
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
10:30 a.m.Presentation:
"Second Look at Spring"
BMW Classroom
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
12:00 p.m.Buffet Lunch The George Rotunda 
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

I sat down at a table, there was one space left
And found myself with tree guys - both right & left
I love my color, what can I say
I plant a few perennials every day
But as I look around at all the beauty that I see
I'm not sure God made anything grander than a tree.  

-Dr. Allan Armitage 

Read more about our past Arbor Day speakers...

Arbor Day 2016

For sponsorship information, please contact:
(864) 503-5235

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Oakland House

Lawrence E. Roël, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

JM Smith Logo  
Parris Lawn Management Logo
Roebuck  The-Sodfather-LogoContec Logo

Southeastern Printing Logo

 Spartanburg Garden Club

Additional sponsors:

Cathy Minch
Jane and Jim Bagwell
Jennifer and Rusty Washburn

Spartanburg Men's Garden Club
Julia B. Burnett
Anne and Larry Flynn
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
SCC Horticultural Department  

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USC Upstate Foundation

University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
phone: (864) 503-5209

USC Upstate Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable organization of the University of South Carolina Upstate.