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Susan Jacobs Arboretum

Susan Jacobs Arboretum


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.

In 2016, two new gardens were named at the arboretum. Donations by Andrea and Greg Shurburtt and P. Kathryn “Katie” Hicks and her husband Dr. Larry Roël to the Susan Jacobs Arboretum have provided for two newly named gardens that will further enhance the beautiful landscape of this natural setting. In 2014, the University completed the Hicks and Roël Arboretum Entrance thanks to a commitment from P. Kathryn "Katie" Hicks and her husband, Dr. Lawrence E. “Larry” Roël made with love for the University.

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"  tour.

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 2016

For sponsorship information, please contact:
(864) 503-5235

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Oakland House

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

JM Smith Logo  
Parris Lawn Management Logo
Roebuck  The-Sodfather-LogoContec Logo

Southeastern Printing Logo

 Spartanburg Garden Club

Additional sponsors:

Cathy Minch
Jane and Jim Bagwell
Jennifer and Rusty Washburn

Spartanburg Men's Garden Club
Julia B. Burnett
Anne and Larry Flynn
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
SCC Horticultural Department  

Contact Us

USC Upstate Foundation

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

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