Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, a free public garden in the heart of Spartanburg, lies just steps off busy John B. White Sr. Boulevard. The 10-acre woodland garden, with its half-mile of paved paths, pond system, waterfall and garden rooms, seems far away from the bustle of city life.
The result of the dream of Harold and Josephine Hatcher, Hatcher Garden became a non-profit garden in 1987 when the Hatchers donated the land they had developed from an eroded cotton field to the Spartanburg County Foundation. Since that time, the board of Hatcher Garden has worked to preserve their legacy and to expand on that legacy to meet the growing and ever changing needs of the community.
“A major goal of the board and staff has been to work together with other non-profits to provide opportunities for everyone in the community and region to enjoy the beauty of the natural environment that Hatcher provides,” said Robin Vollmer, executive director of Hatcher Garden. “Over the years, everyone involved with the garden has been dedicated to preserving, maintaining and growing the garden, and that effort continues today.”
Although the garden, open to the public every day during daylight hours, has only three full-time employees - Vollmer and horticulturists, Jeff Hall and Peggy Henderson-a group of hard-working volunteers makes it possible for the small staff to keep the garden green and growing. Without those volunteers, Vollmer emphasizes, it would be impossible to meet the needs of the garden.
Hatcher, which was recently recognized as an American Conifer Society Reference Garden, also maintains a hosta garden, wildflower garden, butterfly garden and cypress pond. The Bartram Trail contains plants that were discovered by William Bar tram when he traveled through South Carolina in the early1800s, and the Garden of Hope & Healing provides a place for solace and contemplation.
The garden spaces are also available for rental and are popular spots for weddings and other celebrations.
“Hatcher Garden is entirely supported by grants and corporate and personal donations,” Vollmer said of the generosity of the community that has embraced the garden. “Without the suppor t of the entire Spartanburg community, Hatcher Garden could not continue to exist.”
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, Inc.
820 John B. White Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29306 • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304
(864)574-7724 • www.hatchergarden.org • Facebook: Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve
Open Daily - free to the public, daylight to dark
Fall for Hatcher, Sept. 26 • Fall Plant Sale, Oct. 4 & 5