USC Upstate News

Spartanburg Garden Council Enhances Arbor Day Celebration At USC Upstate

12- 05- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate hosted its annual Arbor Day Celebration today and received an added boost from the Spartanburg Garden Council, who named a garden in the Susan B. Jacobs Arboretum. The 12-acre Arboretum is a place of serene natural beauty on the USC Upstate campus, featuring a 300-seat amphitheatre, lighted walkways, foliage indigenous to the area, and a meandering creek to complete the tranquil setting.

Spartanburg Garden Club
Spartanburg Garden Club at USC Upstate Arbor Day Tree Dedication 

The Spartanburg Garden Council, comprised of 15 garden clubs in Spartanburg County, seeks to co-operate with other organizations to further the interest of horticulture, conservation, environmental protection and beautification. The garden clubs encourage the establishment and maintenance of botanical gardens, arboreta and horticultural centers for the advancement of science, enjoyment and education of the public. 

“We feel that the Susan Jacobs Arboretum is a worthy recipient of our support and in line with our objectives,” said Cathy Minch, President of the Council. “Our particular garden is located above the amphitheatre and across the meandering creek. Our garden is a magnificent collection of trees, conifers, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Every time someone walks through the amphitheater, they will see our garden. We are very proud of this accomplishment and are honored to be able to partner with USC Upstate and the Susan Jacobs Arboretum.

The Spartanburg Garden Club also supports Hatcher Garden, a Carolina Fence Gardens at the Landrum Welcome Center, a Blue Star Marker honoring our veterans, a Spot of Pride, scholarships to Camp Wildwood, a conservation camp for young adults, and projects by the South Carolina Garden Club with which the Council is affiliated. 

“The University is very appreciative of this garden donation,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of director of alumni relations, scholarships and annual giving at USC Upstate. “We are currently working toward the goal of having the Susan Jacobs Arboretum achieve membership in the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta and of the membership requirements require the Arboretum to have a variety of bedding plants, ornamental plants, azalea gardens, native plant selections and an assortment of trees. The Spartanburg Garden Council has put us one step closer to achieving this goal.”

For more information, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of alumni relations, scholarships and annual giving at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5235. To learn more about the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, visit