The Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve was owned by married couple Josephine and Harold Hatcher in 1969. They purchased a real estate property with a small lot, and later expanded their property into three acres of land. They converted the old, cotton fields into a gardening project. As the garden began to prosper, several civic groups and church denominations took interest in the garden and several of the members began volunteering to support the garden?s development.
Inspired by the generous help by the civic and society groups, the Hatchers bought an empty lot across their home. The couple, along with the volunteers, took their time to build ponds, planted more trees, made road trails, a gazebo, wildflower garden, and a few flower beds. In 1980, the gardens became one of the attractions from visitors from nearby neighboring cities. Visitors increased even though there was no formal opening. The garden became a public refuge for Spartanburg families. They place became popular for walking and jogging, for family picnic, parties, and several events.
Due to old age and health conditions, the Hatchers could not tend the place any longer. The couple donated to the Spartanburg County Foundation to continue the gardening activities and preservation. In the late 80s, the garden was given an official name, which is still used until today.
The Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve majorly consists of different plants and gardens. The most popular garden, the Butterfly Garden, is the most favorite among children. This garden attracts a variety of local butterflies, where they can pollinate and feed themselves. Most of the flowers found in the garden are Ginger Lilly, Cone Flower, Iron Weed, Cariopteras, Salvia Hotlips, Butterfly Bush, and lots more.
The Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve offers several programs that are suitable for children ages pre-Kinder to Third Grade.
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