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Arbor Day:
Friday, December 2, 2016

This year, USC Upstate will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the University's Arbor Day Celebration, which is held annually on South Carolina Arbor Day, the first Friday in December. This year’s presentations will be held in the Chapman Cultural Center theater and the luncheon will be held at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business & Economics. Tickets will be $30 each and will go on sale on November 1.

David CulpOur featured speaker this year will be David Culp. He will offer two presentations: “Layer Gardens” and a “Second Look at spring.” Culp will also present a bonus lecture titled Trends in Horticulture" at the Sponsor Breakfast. 

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications.

He is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society.   David is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. He is author of the book The Layered Garden  published  by Timber Press An expert on, David is a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  

In 2013 The Layered Garden won the coveted Best Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association.

He has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in  Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV.  Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.  (See video of David's appearance on the Martha Stewart Show  (9:56))

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit.  He serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee.


Ricky McAbee, President of Roebuck Wholesale Nursery, has declared Skinny Genes® Oak, Quercus robur x alba as the Noble Tree of the Year. We will be planting a Skinny Genes on Arbor Day Eve in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and in several other downtown locations. 



Book available for purchase:

The Layer Garden by David Culp: $35

Schedule: Friday, December 2

8:00 a.m. 

Sponsor Breakfast:
Trends in Horticulture"
David Culp
Cobb Grand Lobby
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics 
9:00 a.m.Presentation:
"Layer Garden"
David Culp

Chapman Cultural Center Theatre

10:30 a.m.Presentation:
"Second Look at Spring"
Chapman Cultural Center Theatre

12:00 p.m.Buffet Lunch The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics



Read more about our past Arbor Day speakers...


    Arbor Day 2016

    Tickets will be available beginning November 1.

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

    Thank you to our sponsors: 

    QS1  Spartanburg
    Oakland House

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

    Pacolet Milliken Logo Spartanburg Garden Club
    Parris Logo Roebuck  

    Cathy Minch

    Additional sponsors:
    Linda Cobb Graphic

    LandArt Design Group Logo
    Spartanburg Garden Club Council Carolina Garden World Logo
    Jane and Jim Bagwell
    Spartanburg Men's Garden Club
    Anne and Larry Flynn
    Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
    SCC Horticultural Department
    Southeastern Printing
    Jennifer 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.