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Arboretum with Bench & Bridge

Susan Jacobs Arboretum

Susan Jacobs Arboretum


The 12-acre Susan Jacobs Arboretum is at the center of the University of South Carolina Upstate Campus, and it bridges the established quadrangles of the south end of campus with the massive newly-constructed Health Education Complex to the north.

The Arboretum is a place of serene natural beauty with a 300-seat ampitheatre, lighted walkways, foliage indigenous to the area, a meandering creek and a bog garden fed by a trickling stream. Within the next five years it is the goal of the University for the Susan Jacobs Arboretum to achieve membership in the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

To meet the requirements for membership the Arboretum needs a variety of bedding plants, ornamental plants, azalea gardens, native plant selections and an assortment of trees. To help the University meet this goal, consider a donation of funds to purchase trees and plants to fill out the inventory. Our University Advancement Office works together with the Landscape Services team to ensure that the plant or tree you select is a healthy specimen, planted properly and maintained lovingly throughout the year.

Stephen Howard works exclusively on the Arboretum year-round. From time to time, he has student help. 

This  landscape architect's rendering of the Arboretum depicts the 12 garden areas that make up the entire site. 

Be sure to visit the  Arboretum's webpage.


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Bruce Suddeth

Director of Building and Landscape Services

Robert Easler
Superintendent of Grounds

Benjamin Williams
Building/Grounds Spec

USC Upstate
Landscape Services
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Spartanburg, SC 29303

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Phone: 864-503-5000

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