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Susan Jacobs Arboretum

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At the center of the University of South Carolina Upstate campus, the 12-Acre Susan Jacobs Arboretum bridges the established quadrangles of the south and massive expansion of the new north quadrangle, creating the completed outline of the University’s 328-acre master plan.

The Susan Jacobs Arboretum is a place of serene natural beauty. It features a 300-seat amphitheatre, lighted walkways, foliage indigenous to the area, and rows of Nuttall Oak trees defining the north quadrangle. A meandering creek lined with stones and boulders completes this tranquil setting.

Arboretum Details

In 2013, the University announced it's plans to add an entrance to the Arboretum. It’s with love for the University that P. Kathryn "Katie" Hicks and her husband, Dr. Lawrence E. “Larry” Roël have committed the first significant lead gift to build and name the Hicks and Roël Arboretum Entrance. Learn more about the Hicks and Roël Arboretum Entrance here...

A cell phone tour known as "Guide By Cell" is available for those who are interested in the details of each particular garden. Learn more about the "Guide By Cell" technology here...

The Susan Jacobs Arboretum will serve as the center for activity for future campus life and student programs. It provides a place for relaxation, enjoyment and reflection, and for cultural, social and entertainment events. The Arboretum establishes a marker for future growth and development of the campus and, as it evolves over time, will provide a tremendous source of pride for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Within the next five years it is a goal of the University for the Susan Jacobs Arboretum to achieve membership in the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. The mission of AABGA is to serve and strengthen public gardens by supporting their work, value and achievements in horticultural display, education, research and plant conservation. To meet the requirements for membership the Arboretum needs a variety of bedding plants, ornamental plants, azalea gardens, native plant selections and an assortment of trees. The Susan Jacobs Arboretum will be adding thousands of native selections and ornamental plants, as well as over 200 trees, as it strives to reach its goal.

Arbor Day 2015

Thank you to our sponsors: 

QS1  Spartanburg
Oakland House
  Eastside Westside Eye Center

Lawrence E. Roël, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S

Pacolet Milliken Logo Spartanburg Garden Club
Parris Logo

Cathy Minch

Additional sponsors:
Linda Cobb Graphic

LandArt Design Group Logo
 Spartanburg Garden Club Council

Jane and Jim Bagwell
Spartanburg Men's Garden Club
Anne and Larry Flynn
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
SCC Horticultural Department

Gunter's Gardens
Southeastern Printing
ennifer and Rusty Washburn
USC Upstate Foundation

University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
phone: (864) 503-5209

Bea Walters Smith 
(864) 503-5235

USC Upstate Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable organization of the University of South Carolina Upstate.