How to make magnolias happy


PPG hosts magnolia workshop this Saturday

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Courtesy photo The Piedmont Physic Garden will hold the “These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias” workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be conducted by Spartanburg Community College Arboretum Director Kevin Parris. The Piedmont Physic Garden is located 301 East South Street in Union.


UNION — How do you make your magnolias as happy as they are beautiful?

The answer to that question will be provided this Saturday during the “These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias” workshop hosted by the Piedmont Physic Garden.

Saturday’s workshop will be conducted by Spartanburg Community College Arboretum Director Kevin Parris. Parris, who is described in a PPG press release as “a true magnolia expert,” will bring his “wealth of knowledge” to the workshop along with “a wide range of work experience across the Upstate.”

Parris said that the workshop will be a “treat” for magnolia lovers who want the magnolias in their gardens to not only be beautiful but happy as well.

“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 holds 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 this Saturday. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration costs $20 per person. PPG is located at 301 East South Street in Union. Please call 864-427-2556 for more information, or e-mail: info@piedmontphysicgarden.org.

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.

Courtesy photo The Piedmont Physic Garden will hold the “These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias” workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be conducted by Spartanburg Community College Arboretum Director Kevin Parris. The Piedmont Physic Garden is located 301 East South Street in Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_magnolia2.jpgCourtesy photo The Piedmont Physic Garden will hold the “These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias” workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be conducted by Spartanburg Community College Arboretum Director Kevin Parris. The Piedmont Physic Garden is located 301 East South Street in Union.
PPG hosts magnolia workshop this Saturday

Special to The Times

This story was submitted by the Piedmont Physic Garden.

This story was submitted by the Piedmont Physic Garden.

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