Donations by Andrea and Greg Shurburtt and P. Kathryn “Katie” Hicks and her husband Dr. Larry Roël to the Susan Jacobs Arboretum at the University of South Carolina Upstate have provided for two newly named gardens that will further enhance the beautiful landscape of this natural setting.
The Shurburtt Landscaping Group, Inc., Garden and the Hicks-Roël Garden reflect the longstanding relationship both couples have to USC Upstate. Initial plantings for the establishment of the Arboretum were made possible through the Shurburtt Landscaping Group, Inc., and Andrea Shurburtt has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education. In addition, Cyrill Softball Stadium, which has consistently received national recognition for its turf management and field maintenance, was under the guidance of Shurburtt Landscaping Group.
Hicks, professor emerita of art at USC Upstate, and Roël, a board certified ophthalmologist in Spartanburg, have, again, embraced an opportunity to contribute to the growth and beauty of the University and the community through this next step within the overall Arboretum plan.
A diverse selection of native plant materials, select ornamentals, open vistas, walkways, waterways and intimate garden settings will enrich these two spaces which will be located between the Health Education Complex and the Sansbury Campus Life Center.
“This particular project is extensive,” noted Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships. “We are incorporating three wings, completely compliant with the American with Disabilities Act standards, to provide full accessibility to all USC Upstate students and members of the community so the full measure of the Arboretum’s impact can be experienced in its entirety.”
As the Arboretum’s roots are grounded solely in the generous support of the community through private donations with no state funding appropriated for its growth, the need for continued generosity in connecting these three wings to the existing path is essential.
“Each contribution means that we can not only construct these needed pathways, but that additional garden spaces can also be enhanced, and the landscape and infrastructure can continue to be improved,” noted Smith.
The unique specialization for each area of the Arboretum adheres to the overall master plan designed for the designated 12 acres serving as an investment in the environment and to the future of the University, as well.
Plans are being made for an official ribbon-cutting to be held on Earth Day, April 22. More details will be made available soon.
For more information about how to support these efforts and this distinctive green space, contact Smith at 864-503-5235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.