I was delighted today to spend a good bit of time with this year's graduating class of SC Master Naturalists, as well as some of the graduates of the last two classes.
This is the third class for the Upstate, so it now represents three groups worth of folks that are interested in the natural world.
We discovered and observed all sorts of things in the Garden, which is a wonderfully friendly place to connect with nature.
It's very much a human-influenced habitat, but it's a place that we're able to see how plants support wildlife, forests recover from long-term disturbance, and created ponds support frogs, cattails, and other organisms. Plants have stories to tell, whether they're native plants, or introduced ornamentals.