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Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve

 Spartanburg, SC

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve

832 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve is a 10-acre public garden in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 1969, Harold and Josephine Hatcher retired to Spartanburg, South Carolina and began developing the land behind their home on Briarwood Road. Over the next thirty years they acquired property totaling 10 acres. Much of the land was in ruin: erosion from the former cotton fields had robbed the soil of its nutrients. Trash and weeds covered the ground. The Hatchers began working and amending the soil. They filled in the eroded lands, built paths and ponds, and planted thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers. The Hatchers were not wealthy landowners. Limited in resources, but not in creative vision, they raised money for their projects by buying and self-renovating adjacent properties for rental income. They chose to give the Garden to the Spartanburg County Foundation which leaves the garden to the Spartanburg community in perpetuity.

South Carolina. Admission is free and the garden is open to the public during daylight hours.

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