The Arboretum Serves as a Living, Breathing Outdoor Classroom
There's no doubt that the Arboretum's mature trees, ornamental plants, and variety
of gardens look gorgeous in all seasons, but most importantly, as one of five arboretums
recognized in Spartanburg County, it gives SCC horticulture students a hands-on place
Located on the SCC Giles Campus, the Arboretum showcases unique gardens, trees and
plants, and educates former, current, and future horticulture students. It's also
important in the regional horticulture industry, serving as a place for community
members to learn about the diversity of hardy plants in the Piedmont region and southeast.
Students who have completed this program have went on to work at prestigious locations
like Biltmore Estates and Walt Disney World.
Horticulture Gardens Include:
George & Sissy Stone International Peace Garden
Sally Barre James Plant Zoo
Bi-Annual Plant Sale
Every year, there are two plant sales (one in the fall and one in the spring) at the
Horticultre Greenhouses. Tip: Be sure to get there early for the best selection!
October 13 & 14, 8:00am-1:30pm
All Ornamentals are Now Mapped and Labeled!
Spartanburg Community College Foundation (SCCF) is excited to announce that the project
to map and label all ornamental horticulture specimens at the Spartanburg Community
College (SCC) Arboretum is finished!
The project utilizes PlantsMap to create an accessible online map of the college’s
arboretum, and enable future plantings to replace the $500,000 in ornamental horticulture
destroyed by a tornado on October 23, 2017.
This project was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural
Trust. Local sources provided a $5,000 match, bringing the total project funding to
SCC’s Giles campus is the most diverse arboretum in the Upstate. The SCC Horticulture
Department has worked tirelessly to install a variety of gardens and provide students
with opportunities to design and create horticultural spaces.
Horticulture classes are held onsite and students develop, plant, and maintain the
gardens as part of the curriculum. Through this process, students graduate skilled
in ornamental horticulture practices.
SCC hosts several events throughout the year celebrating, sharing, and fundraising
for the Arboretum, as well as the School of Horticulture and its programs.