Monday, October 7, 2013


We have wonderful Salvias blooming in the Garden right now.  Here's a duplicate of my post on Natural Gardening.

Flowers of Salvia x 'Anthony Parker'
Pathway to HCC
Salvia elegans & Salvia x 'Anthony Parker'
Salvia elegans (Pineapple Sage)

It's time for wonderful fall-flowering sages, and all the rain over the summer has resulted in dramatic growth.  Pineapple sage (S. elegans) and a wonderful sage that was new to me (Salvia x 'Anthony Parker') - a hybrid between S. elegans and S. leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage) were in full flower yesterday along the path to the Hayden Conference Center.
Check out Salvia "Anthony Parker" -- it's a winner, and hopefully we'll have it in the Spring Plant sale!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A audio tour of the Garden

Join us for an audio tour of the Garden to enjoy the sights and sounds of late summer.

On this recently aired YourDay program, Lisa Wagner, John Bodiford, and Kathy Bridges take Dyana Daniels on a stroll along the recently completed President's Garden pathway, past the Duck Pond and around the Children's Garden.

Click through to the link to the archived show, which aired on Aug. 29.  There's lots to see and experience in the Garden's almost 300 acres;  most of the Garden looks wonderful, thanks to the incredibly wet summer.

And don't miss seeing the new plantings around the Geology Museum, either in person or via images (in this case on Facebook).  Education Program Coordinator Sue Watts took these photos last week during partial installation.

Here are some additional images from the Chihuahuan landscape that's taking shape.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Flood damage photos

As we have done preliminary cleanup and prepare for intensive fall work on restoration of the Natural Heritage Garden areas that were severely damaged by unprecedented mid-July flooding,  we're reposting a link to the Facebook gallery of flood damage photos.

You can access the photo album on the Garden's facebook page by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SCBG programs in late March

Saturday, March 23
In this open house, we focus on the intriguing world of birds.  Late winter is a wonderful time to observe our feathered friends before the trees leaf out.  Learn the calls of some of our native birds and visiting migrants, take a guided walk through the Garden, and create your own bird nest or bird mask to take home.
Fee:  Free
Time: 12 - 4 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Wednesday, Mar. 27
Adults and children alike are sure to enjoy this unusual nature-based art project. We’ll show you how to make plant-derived egg dyes and will instruct you on the art of hand-blowing and decorating eggs with leaves and flowers from the garden. To complete the project, we’ll make beautiful ‘bird nests’ to house our egg art, which can be enjoyed for years to come!
Must register at least 5 days in advance.
Fee: $12 per participant ($10 members and volunteers)
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Sunday, February 24, 2013

SCBG programs for the week of Feb. 24- Mar. 2

Thursday, Feb 28
Learn how to incorporate culinary herbs into your garden with Director of Education Lisa Wagner.  She’ll talk about the best culinary herbs to grow (annual and perennial) and their needs, along with suggestions about propagation, cultivars, and sources.
Fee: $15 ($12 for SCBG members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Saturday, March 2
HUNT CABIN OPEN HOUSE: Cabin Construction
Take a closer look at the Hunt Cabin and learn about how log homes were constructed in the 1800’s in the Upstate.  From the roof to the foundations, a story of human interaction with the environment is told through the wood, clay, stone and brick used to create this historical structure.  Learn about the essential skills needed to create a warm and cozy home.  We’ll cook something tasty over the fire, listen to a story or two and play traditional games from the period.
Fee: Donations to the Hunt Cabin Restoration Fund
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Location: Hunt Cabin

Saturday, March 2
Treasures Of The Indian Subcontinent

Spices and herbs have always been fundamental to Indian cuisine, adding flavor as well as having health-giving properties. Enjoy heady spices as we make and savor a meal showcasing India’s culinary diversity.
Fee: $35 ($30 members or volunteers)
Time: 4– 7 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

To register for either of the programs with a fee, click here.

The Hunt Cabin Open House is free, with donations gratefully accepted!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Upcoming programs (Week of Feb. 11)

Monday, Feb. 11
Would you like to compost, but don’t know where to start?  Join Garden Education Director Lisa Wagner to learn easy ways to turn leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, and backyard trimmings into a healthy nutrient-rich soil amendment.  Learn how, why, and what to compost, bin alternatives, and how to use compost.
Fee: $15 ($12 for SCBG members & volunteers)
Time: 1– 2:30 p.m.
Location:  Hanson Nature Learning Center


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 12 - 1 p.m.  Hayden Conference Center, SCBG


Natural plant communities provide inspiration and guidance to gardeners, from choosing appropriate plants to how to combine plants in aesthetically pleasing designs that mimic plant associations found in nature.  Join Tim Spira for a presentation that celebrates the rich diversity of natural plant communities found in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. Tim is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, hiker, and professor of botany at Clemson University. He’s the author of the award-winning book Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).



Monday, January 14, 2013

Mid-January programs

Our upcoming programs this week and next are a diverse group -- perfect for an early kick-off to a new gardening season. To register, click here.

The free lunchtime program about Cambodia on Wednesday begins a series of free lecture programs (pre-registration is not required).  February's program on the 13th will focus on our native wildflowers and plant communities, while the March 13th program will reflect a visit to naturalistic gardens in Germany and the Netherlands.

Our monthly open houses at the Hunt Cabin have now been joined by a monthly open house at the Hanson Nature Learning Center.  Drop by either on the 19th or 26th (1-4 pm) to explore learning about trees in winter.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
GARDEN NATURALISTS: Winter Tree Identification
Learn how to use twigs, buds, scales and bark to identify deciduous trees in winter. Join Garden naturalist Sue Watts to learn helpful characteristics and become familiar with a dichotomous key for winter trees.  A classroom introduction will be followed by hands-on fieldwork in the Garden’s woodland habitats.
Fee: $20 ($15 members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hanson  Nature Learning Center

Wednesday, Jan. 16
As part of a Clemson University sustainable agriculture outreach team, Meg Williamson, CU’s Plant Diagnostician, provided expertise in plant disease diagnosis on a trip to Cambodia last October. Join us to hear about the program and the highlights of her trip as she shares her experiences.
Fee: Free
Time: 12- 1 p.m.
Location: Hayden Conference Center

Thursday, Jan. 17
A pleasing landscape depends on combining trees, shrubs, and perennials in ways that work over the seasons (and years).  In this class, Director of Education Lisa Wagner will help you think about designing with plants with space and time in mind. She’ll also talk about using design elements such as shape, size, foliage texture, and color to maximize garden appeal throughout the year.
Fee: $15 ($12 for SCBG members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Saturday, January 19 & 26
Trees in Winter
Visit the Garden’s classroom to learn more about trees in winter and how you can enjoy this special time of year in the Garden.  Join Garden naturalist Sue Watts to start your exploration of native trees in the Garden.
Fee:  Free
Time: 12 - 4 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Tuesday, Jan. 22
Would you like to get an early start on cool-season vegetables?  Simple frost protection provides a tempering influence, allowing cool-season veggies to thrive in the lengthening days of our usually mild winters.  Vegetables well suited to cold weather include salad greens, spinach, and kale, as well as turnips, beets, and other crops.  You’ll have the opportunity to select seeds to try, sow a variety of cool-season vegetables to transplant, along with learning how to extend your gardening seasons.
Fee: $15 ($12 for members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center