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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest
Aug 1 all-day
Online

The Noble Tree Foundation
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

HOW TO ENTER YOUR NOBLE TREE

noble_tree_logo.png

Locate your Noble Tree, take a photo of it, and make your best guess on its height (in feet), crown spread (width in feet) and trunk circumference (inches). Download the pdf How to Measure a Tree below. Measure the trunk at 4.5’ from the ground level.  Our tree experts will confirm the data. Noble Trees will be judged by species. The Noble Tree Foundation will donate $2500 to Hatcher Garden in the name of the winning entrant and $100 each in the name of five notable mention entrants. You can make your entry online or by downloading the entry form and mailing to: Hatcher Garden, P.O. Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Noble Trees will only be nominated once and must be located in Spartanburg County. Be sure to look for your Noble Tree on our interactive map to check if your tree has already been nominated for 2021 Contest.

We will accept Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest nominations beginning September 15, 2020 thru August 15, 2021.  Those Noble Trees nominated between the dates of September 15, 2020 and August 15, 2021 are eligible to win our 2021 contest.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN EVENT TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Why are we having the 2021 Best Noble Tree of Spartanburg County Contest?

The contest is a way to educate school children and the community about the importance of Noble Trees and will be a great resource to locate Spartanburg County’s largest and most notable specimen trees. Additionally, this will create a Google Map of the Tree Canopy of Spartanburg County and show open areas where Noble Trees need to be planted.

Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

Monday, August 2, 2021
Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest
Aug 2 all-day
Online

The Noble Tree Foundation
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

HOW TO ENTER YOUR NOBLE TREE

noble_tree_logo.png

Locate your Noble Tree, take a photo of it, and make your best guess on its height (in feet), crown spread (width in feet) and trunk circumference (inches). Download the pdf How to Measure a Tree below. Measure the trunk at 4.5’ from the ground level.  Our tree experts will confirm the data. Noble Trees will be judged by species. The Noble Tree Foundation will donate $2500 to Hatcher Garden in the name of the winning entrant and $100 each in the name of five notable mention entrants. You can make your entry online or by downloading the entry form and mailing to: Hatcher Garden, P.O. Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Noble Trees will only be nominated once and must be located in Spartanburg County. Be sure to look for your Noble Tree on our interactive map to check if your tree has already been nominated for 2021 Contest.

We will accept Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest nominations beginning September 15, 2020 thru August 15, 2021.  Those Noble Trees nominated between the dates of September 15, 2020 and August 15, 2021 are eligible to win our 2021 contest.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN EVENT TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Why are we having the 2021 Best Noble Tree of Spartanburg County Contest?

The contest is a way to educate school children and the community about the importance of Noble Trees and will be a great resource to locate Spartanburg County’s largest and most notable specimen trees. Additionally, this will create a Google Map of the Tree Canopy of Spartanburg County and show open areas where Noble Trees need to be planted.

Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Aug 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

Fairy Trail 2021
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Fairy Trail 2021

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring playful vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Bullington Gardens and the Fairy Trail are closed on Sundays.

Biltmore Gardens Railway
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore

Included with admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in the Conservatory in the Walled Garden, the displays feature replicas of structures connected with Biltmore and its founder George Vanderbilt. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.

In compliance with state and local mandates related to COVID-19, all guests must enter the Conservatory via the ADA entrance in the back and follow a one-way route.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest
Aug 3 all-day
Online

The Noble Tree Foundation
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

HOW TO ENTER YOUR NOBLE TREE

noble_tree_logo.png

Locate your Noble Tree, take a photo of it, and make your best guess on its height (in feet), crown spread (width in feet) and trunk circumference (inches). Download the pdf How to Measure a Tree below. Measure the trunk at 4.5’ from the ground level.  Our tree experts will confirm the data. Noble Trees will be judged by species. The Noble Tree Foundation will donate $2500 to Hatcher Garden in the name of the winning entrant and $100 each in the name of five notable mention entrants. You can make your entry online or by downloading the entry form and mailing to: Hatcher Garden, P.O. Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Noble Trees will only be nominated once and must be located in Spartanburg County. Be sure to look for your Noble Tree on our interactive map to check if your tree has already been nominated for 2021 Contest.

We will accept Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest nominations beginning September 15, 2020 thru August 15, 2021.  Those Noble Trees nominated between the dates of September 15, 2020 and August 15, 2021 are eligible to win our 2021 contest.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN EVENT TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Why are we having the 2021 Best Noble Tree of Spartanburg County Contest?

The contest is a way to educate school children and the community about the importance of Noble Trees and will be a great resource to locate Spartanburg County’s largest and most notable specimen trees. Additionally, this will create a Google Map of the Tree Canopy of Spartanburg County and show open areas where Noble Trees need to be planted.

Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Aug 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

Fairy Trail 2021
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Fairy Trail 2021

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring playful vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Bullington Gardens and the Fairy Trail are closed on Sundays.

Summer Plant Sale
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

Hatcher Garden

Hatcher Garden is here for you to enjoy from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, free of charge.

Please be aware that you are in a natural setting and there are factors beyond our control. We cannot be responsible for falling limbs, acts of God, behavior of wild animals, etc.

Biltmore Gardens Railway
Aug 3 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore

Included with admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in the Conservatory in the Walled Garden, the displays feature replicas of structures connected with Biltmore and its founder George Vanderbilt. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.

In compliance with state and local mandates related to COVID-19, all guests must enter the Conservatory via the ADA entrance in the back and follow a one-way route.

The North Carolina Arboretum: Guided Trail Walk
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Hit the trails and learn more about The North Carolina Arboretum’s botanically diverse forest with the return of guided trail walks in 2021! From April — October, this free hiking program is led by trained volunteer guides who take small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. Depending on the season and each guide’s area of expertise, topics of discussion may include wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history and more.

Guided trail walks are limited to 10 people, including the guide, and are not recommended for guests under 16 years of age. Groups depart from the Baker Visitor Center Lobby on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m..

Walks last 1.5 – 2.5 hours, are approximately one to two miles in length. As this program is held rain or shine, all participants should dress appropriately for the weather.

Register In Advance

Space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. Pre-registered participants must check in at the Baker Information Desk no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled program to keep their spot. Unclaimed spots will be offered to other guests.

Guests may sign up for trail walks in the following ways:

  • Pre-register online, using the the link below.
  • Sign up in-person at the Baker Information Desk.

 

Walks are FREE; however, donations to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are appreciated. Regular parking fees apply. Arboretum Society Members always park free.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest
Aug 4 all-day
Online

The Noble Tree Foundation
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

HOW TO ENTER YOUR NOBLE TREE

noble_tree_logo.png

Locate your Noble Tree, take a photo of it, and make your best guess on its height (in feet), crown spread (width in feet) and trunk circumference (inches). Download the pdf How to Measure a Tree below. Measure the trunk at 4.5’ from the ground level.  Our tree experts will confirm the data. Noble Trees will be judged by species. The Noble Tree Foundation will donate $2500 to Hatcher Garden in the name of the winning entrant and $100 each in the name of five notable mention entrants. You can make your entry online or by downloading the entry form and mailing to: Hatcher Garden, P.O. Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Noble Trees will only be nominated once and must be located in Spartanburg County. Be sure to look for your Noble Tree on our interactive map to check if your tree has already been nominated for 2021 Contest.

We will accept Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest nominations beginning September 15, 2020 thru August 15, 2021.  Those Noble Trees nominated between the dates of September 15, 2020 and August 15, 2021 are eligible to win our 2021 contest.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN EVENT TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Why are we having the 2021 Best Noble Tree of Spartanburg County Contest?

The contest is a way to educate school children and the community about the importance of Noble Trees and will be a great resource to locate Spartanburg County’s largest and most notable specimen trees. Additionally, this will create a Google Map of the Tree Canopy of Spartanburg County and show open areas where Noble Trees need to be planted.

Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Aug 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

Fairy Trail 2021
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Fairy Trail 2021

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring playful vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Bullington Gardens and the Fairy Trail are closed on Sundays.

Summer Plant Sale
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

Hatcher Garden

Hatcher Garden is here for you to enjoy from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, free of charge.

Please be aware that you are in a natural setting and there are factors beyond our control. We cannot be responsible for falling limbs, acts of God, behavior of wild animals, etc.

Biltmore Gardens Railway
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore

Included with admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in the Conservatory in the Walled Garden, the displays feature replicas of structures connected with Biltmore and its founder George Vanderbilt. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.

In compliance with state and local mandates related to COVID-19, all guests must enter the Conservatory via the ADA entrance in the back and follow a one-way route.

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest
Aug 5 all-day
Online

The Noble Tree Foundation
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

HOW TO ENTER YOUR NOBLE TREE

noble_tree_logo.png

Locate your Noble Tree, take a photo of it, and make your best guess on its height (in feet), crown spread (width in feet) and trunk circumference (inches). Download the pdf How to Measure a Tree below. Measure the trunk at 4.5’ from the ground level.  Our tree experts will confirm the data. Noble Trees will be judged by species. The Noble Tree Foundation will donate $2500 to Hatcher Garden in the name of the winning entrant and $100 each in the name of five notable mention entrants. You can make your entry online or by downloading the entry form and mailing to: Hatcher Garden, P.O. Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Noble Trees will only be nominated once and must be located in Spartanburg County. Be sure to look for your Noble Tree on our interactive map to check if your tree has already been nominated for 2021 Contest.

We will accept Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest nominations beginning September 15, 2020 thru August 15, 2021.  Those Noble Trees nominated between the dates of September 15, 2020 and August 15, 2021 are eligible to win our 2021 contest.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN EVENT TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Why are we having the 2021 Best Noble Tree of Spartanburg County Contest?

The contest is a way to educate school children and the community about the importance of Noble Trees and will be a great resource to locate Spartanburg County’s largest and most notable specimen trees. Additionally, this will create a Google Map of the Tree Canopy of Spartanburg County and show open areas where Noble Trees need to be planted.

Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Aug 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

Fairy Trail 2021
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Fairy Trail 2021

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring playful vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Bullington Gardens and the Fairy Trail are closed on Sundays.