PPG to host summer workshops


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This Monarch Butterfly was one of the many butterflies enjoying the flowers in the Piedmont Physic Garden Wednesday morning. The garden, which is located on four contiguous lots stretching from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union, is home to a wide variety of flowers, herbal, ornamental, and other plants. If, like this Monarch Butterfly, you love what beautifully cultivated gardens have to offer, call 864-427-2556 and make an appointment to visit the Piedmont Physic Garden.

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These Zinnias and many more like them are planted in the shape of an L in the Piedmont Physic Garden which stretches from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union. The garden is home to a wide variety of flowers as well as herbal, ornamental and other plants. The garden is open by appointment only and those interested in touring it may call 864-427-2556 to arrange for a visit.

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This ornamental flower bed is one of the many aesthetically-pleasing features of the Piedmont Physic Garden which stretches from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union. The garden is home to a wide variety of flowers as well as herbal, ornamental and other plants. The garden is open by appointment only and those interested in touring it may call 864-427-2556 to arrange for a visit.

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This culinary herb bed is one of the many areas of interest for plant lovers in the Piedmont Physic Garden which stretches from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union. The garden is home to a wide variety of herbal, ornamental and other plants as well as flowers. The garden is open by appointment only and those interested in touring it may call 864-427-2556 to arrange for a visit.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Ginger Lily is another the many plants being cultivated in the Piedmont Physic Garden, a botanical garden located on four contiguous lots stretching from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union. The garden is home to a wide variety of herbal, ornamental and other plants as well as flowers. The garden is open by appointment only and those interested in touring it may call 864-427-2556 to arrange for a visit.

UNION — The Piedmont Physic Garden will host two upcoming workshops this summer.

Let’s Get Physic-al

The first workshop, entitled “Let’s Get Physic-al,” will feature horticulturist Billy McBee on Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m.-noon. McBee will teach people about traditional herbs and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.

McBee is a Union native and has a horticultural degree from the University of Georgia and over 43 years of professional experience, including employment with Brookgreen Gardens and Carter and Holmes.

The workshop will be held at 301 E. South Street in Union. To register for the “Let’s Get Physic-al” workshop, please email us at louiseunti@piedmontphysicgarden.org or call us at 864-427-2556. Space is limited. The cost is $10.

Write Yourself

The second workshop entitled “Write Yourself” will be held in conjunction with the Union County Carnegie Library. This workshop will feature award-winning poetry and non-fiction writer Maureen Ryan Griffin and will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 from 10 a.m.-noon.

This workshop is for anyone interested in writing about our natural world and the numerous ways it can enrich and inspire our lives. Overall, this will be an opportunity to explore creative writing in general whether it is journaling, memoir, poetry, fiction and/or nonfiction.

According to Griffin, participants will learn and practice a number of fun, easy tools and methods to help your words flow, whatever your particular interest. Whether you have published widely, sometimes write in a journal, or haven’t written anything since your senior year of high school, you will enjoy this lively, informative workshop.

Griffin has taught the art and craft of writing for more than twenty years through a wide variety of venues, including Queens University and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte; the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina; and the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. She offers individual coaching and critique, as well as a wide selection of retreats, workshops, and classes, through her business, WordPlay (www.wordplaynow.com).

Griffin’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Catalyst, Calyx, Chelsea, Cincinnati Poetry Review, The Charlotte Observer, and The Texas Review. She is the author of Spinning Words into Gold, a Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing, a grief workbook entitled I Will Never Forget You, and three poetry books, including her new collection, Ten Thousand Cicadas Can’t Be Wrong.

To register, please email us at louiseunti@piedmontphysicgarden.org or call us at 864-427-2556. The cost for the “Write Yourself” workshop is $20. However, if you pre-register and pay by July 31, the cost is $15. Space is limited.

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.

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