UNION — Your magnolias may not be as happy as they are beautiful. Learn the proper care for existing magnolias, and the necessary TLC for new ones at a March 26 workshop hosted by the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG).
PPG welcomes a true magnolia expert, Kevin Parris, arboretum director at Spartanburg Community College. “We’ll share tips and information on caring for existing magnolia, or for finding just the right magnolia,” Parris said. “If you thought you knew everything about magnolias, you’re in for a treat. Some species are more compatible for our gardens than others.”
Parris brings a wealth of knowledge to the event with a wide range of work experience across the Upstate.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and a Master of Science in Plant and Environmental Sciences from Clemson University where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences.
The “These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias” workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon. Space is limited and advance registration is required. The early registration price of $15 applies until March 18. Registration costs $20 per person afterwards. PPG is located at 301 East South Street in Union. Please call 864-427-2556 for more information, or e-mail: email@example.com.
The Piedmont Physic Garden
Located on four contiguous lots stretching from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union, the Piedmont Physic Garden is inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden, a small botanical garden located in London, England. Plans are for the garden to eventually include an apothecary garden that will feature plants with historical medicinal uses, many of them native to the Piedmont as well as the southern Appalachian corridor. In the long-term, the properties will be converted into a campus that will house several ornamental garden areas, and the existing homes used for housing interns and visiting faculty.
The lots for the Piedmont Physic Garden were donated by the families of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Switzer and the Honorable and Mrs. Jack Flynn. PPG Founder Toccoa W. Switzer said that is it hoped that the garden will become a resource for the community as well as a tourism destination that is pleasing to the spirit.
PPG is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is horticultural and environmental education for children, teens and adults in Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina.
This story was submitted by the Piedmont Physic Garden.