‘Read to Succeed’ kids visit PPG


Learn about plants from Clemson interns

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Students enrolled in the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School examine one of the many plants at the Piedmont Physic Garden. The 50 Read to Succeed students visited the garden last Thursday where they learned about the plants from two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG.


Courtesy photo Children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School hold seeds provided them to examine during their visit to the Piedmont Physic Garden last Thursday. The 50 Read to Succeed students visited the garden where they learned about the plants from two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG.


Courtesy photo Michael Cope, a Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, shows studens from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School one of the trees growing at the Piedmont Physic Garden. Cope is one of two Clemson students doing an internship at the garden this summer. He and his fellow intern taught the students about the plants in the garden during a visit to the PPG by the Read to Succeed campers last Thursday.


Courtesy photo Hannah Spencer, a rising senior studying studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources at Clemson University, addresses children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp who visited the garden last Thursday. Spencer is one of two Clemson students doing an internship at the garden this summer. She and her fellow intern taught the students about the plants in the garden during a visit to the PPG by the Read to Succeed campers.


Courtesy photo Piedmont Physic Garden intern Hannah Spencer shows children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School one of the plants growing in the garden. The 50 students enrolled in the camp visited the garden last Thursday where Spencer and fellow intern Michael Cope did presentations on the garden’s many plants. Spencer is a rising senior studying studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources at Clemson while Cope is Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at the university.


Courtesy photo Children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School check out one of the many plants growing in the Piedmont Physic Garden. The 50 students enrolled in the summer camp visited the garden last Thursday where two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG did presentations on its various plants.


Courtesy photo Piedmont Physic Garden volunteer Martha Whitener helps serve refreshments to the children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp who visited the garden last Thursday. The camp is being held at Monarch Elementary School with 50 children enrolled. The children visited the PPG last Thursday where they learned about the plants grown there through lessons presented by two Clemson students doing internships.


UNION — The children attending a summer reading program got to experience some learning outside the classroom during a recent visit to the Piedmont Physic Garden.

“Read to Succeed” is a summer reading program currently being held at Monarch Elementary School. The 50 children participating in the program got to leave the school this past Thursday and go to the Piedmont Physic Garden to learn about the plants there. Their instructors at the PPG were themselves students, Clemson University students who are currently taking part in an internship at the garden.

“We had 50 children from the Read to Succeed summer camp at Monarch Elementary School to come to the garden,” PPG Director Toccoa Switzer said. “The children were divided into groups to be shown the different things in the garden by our summer interns, Michael Cope and Hannah Spencer. Michael’s a Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson and Hannah is a rising senior studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources.”

Switzer said the children seemed to enjoy their visit, paying close attention to the plants shown them by Cope and Spencer and what they said about the plants.

“The interns did a great job, the children were very engaged in the presentations,” Switzer said.

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.

For more information about the Piedmont Physic Garden and about the Read to Succeed program go online at www.uniondailytimes.com, visit us on Facebook, and see upcoming editions of The Union Times.

Courtesy photo Students enrolled in the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School examine one of the many plants at the Piedmont Physic Garden. The 50 Read to Succeed students visited the garden last Thursday where they learned about the plants from two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3370.jpegCourtesy photo Students enrolled in the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School examine one of the many plants at the Piedmont Physic Garden. The 50 Read to Succeed students visited the garden last Thursday where they learned about the plants from two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG.

Courtesy photo Children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School hold seeds provided them to examine during their visit to the Piedmont Physic Garden last Thursday. The 50 Read to Succeed students visited the garden where they learned about the plants from two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3373.jpegCourtesy photo Children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School hold seeds provided them to examine during their visit to the Piedmont Physic Garden last Thursday. The 50 Read to Succeed students visited the garden where they learned about the plants from two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG.

Courtesy photo Michael Cope, a Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, shows studens from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School one of the trees growing at the Piedmont Physic Garden. Cope is one of two Clemson students doing an internship at the garden this summer. He and his fellow intern taught the students about the plants in the garden during a visit to the PPG by the Read to Succeed campers last Thursday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3358.jpegCourtesy photo Michael Cope, a Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, shows studens from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School one of the trees growing at the Piedmont Physic Garden. Cope is one of two Clemson students doing an internship at the garden this summer. He and his fellow intern taught the students about the plants in the garden during a visit to the PPG by the Read to Succeed campers last Thursday.

Courtesy photo Hannah Spencer, a rising senior studying studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources at Clemson University, addresses children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp who visited the garden last Thursday. Spencer is one of two Clemson students doing an internship at the garden this summer. She and her fellow intern taught the students about the plants in the garden during a visit to the PPG by the Read to Succeed campers.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3361.jpegCourtesy photo Hannah Spencer, a rising senior studying studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources at Clemson University, addresses children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp who visited the garden last Thursday. Spencer is one of two Clemson students doing an internship at the garden this summer. She and her fellow intern taught the students about the plants in the garden during a visit to the PPG by the Read to Succeed campers.

Courtesy photo Piedmont Physic Garden intern Hannah Spencer shows children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School one of the plants growing in the garden. The 50 students enrolled in the camp visited the garden last Thursday where Spencer and fellow intern Michael Cope did presentations on the garden’s many plants. Spencer is a rising senior studying studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources at Clemson while Cope is Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at the university.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3364.jpegCourtesy photo Piedmont Physic Garden intern Hannah Spencer shows children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School one of the plants growing in the garden. The 50 students enrolled in the camp visited the garden last Thursday where Spencer and fellow intern Michael Cope did presentations on the garden’s many plants. Spencer is a rising senior studying studying Science in Environment and Natural Resources at Clemson while Cope is Ph.D candidate in Forest Resources at the university.

Courtesy photo Children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School check out one of the many plants growing in the Piedmont Physic Garden. The 50 students enrolled in the summer camp visited the garden last Thursday where two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG did presentations on its various plants.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3376.jpegCourtesy photo Children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp at Monarch Elementary School check out one of the many plants growing in the Piedmont Physic Garden. The 50 students enrolled in the summer camp visited the garden last Thursday where two Clemson students doing an internship at the PPG did presentations on its various plants.

Courtesy photo Piedmont Physic Garden volunteer Martha Whitener helps serve refreshments to the children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp who visited the garden last Thursday. The camp is being held at Monarch Elementary School with 50 children enrolled. The children visited the PPG last Thursday where they learned about the plants grown there through lessons presented by two Clemson students doing internships.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_3413.jpegCourtesy photo Piedmont Physic Garden volunteer Martha Whitener helps serve refreshments to the children from the “Read to Succeed” summer camp who visited the garden last Thursday. The camp is being held at Monarch Elementary School with 50 children enrolled. The children visited the PPG last Thursday where they learned about the plants grown there through lessons presented by two Clemson students doing internships.
Learn about plants from Clemson interns

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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