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Arbor Day:
Friday, December 5, 2014



2014 marked the 11th anniversary of the University of South Carolina Upstate's Arbor Day Celebration, which is held annually on South Carolina Arbor Day, the first Friday in December.

Arbor Day was held Friday, December 5, 2014. 

This year, we were thrilled to have TWO speakers:  the Dynamic Duo, Ted and Gerald Stephens from Nurseries Caroliniana. We were able to “Celebrate the Carolinas” with the Stephens brothers as they shared their knowledge of noble trees and landscape design. 

The noble tree of the year,  Espresso® Kentucky Coffee Tree[FK1] , selected by Roebuck Wholesale Nursery, was dedicated in four Spartanburg City parks the morning of Arbor Day festivities. Presentations and a luncheon followed on the USC Upstate campus. 

Ted Stephens Headshot

Gerald Stephens Headshot


9:15 a.m. Tree Dedications

Priscilla Rumley Park

Summerhill Park

Hillcrest Park

Susan Jacobs Arboretum

10:00 a.m.Ted Stephens, Speaker HPAC Theater
11:30 a.m.Gerald Stephens, Speaker
Buffet Lunch 
Sansbury CLC Ballroom
1:00 p.m. Nurseries Caroliniana Plant Sale Circle of Sansbury CLC


Read more about our past Arbor Day speakers...


    Arbor Day 2014

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    Thank you to our sponsors: 

    QS1  Spartanburg
    Roebuck  Noble Tree Logo 
    Eastside Westside Eye CenterOakland House
    Lawrence E. Roël, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S

    Pacolet Milliken Logo  Spartanburg Garden Club

    Additional sponsors:
    Linda Cobb Graphic

    LDG Horizontal Logo
     Spartanburg Garden Club Council

    Monty Kirby State Farm Agency
    Spartanburg Men's Garden Club
    Delaine and Blaine Childress
    Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence E. Flynn, Jr.

    Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
    SCC Horticultural Department
    Gunter's Gardens
    Southeastern Printing

    USC Upstate Foundation

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

    Bea Walters Smith 
    (864) 503-5235

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