USC Upstate Hosts Annual SC Arbor Day Celebration

November 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm

On December 4, the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate will welcome tree and garden enthusiasts from across the Upstate to its annual South Carolina Arbor Day Celebration.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Humanities & Performing Arts Center theatre, guest speaker Daniel Hinkley, author, plant collector and lecturer, will discuss “Plant Marriages: Exceptional Combinations of Flower and Foliage.” Tickets for the event are $10 and include lunch to be held afterwards in the Campus Life Center ballroom. Hinkley’s two books, The Explorer’s Garden: Shrubs and Vines from the Four Corners of the World, and The Explorer’s Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials, will be available for purchase at the luncheon. Charge cards will be accepted.

Having had an interest in botany and gardening from childhood, Dan Hinkley earned his Bachelor of Science in ornamental horticulture, and horticulture education, from Michigan State University in 1976. He went on to graduate school at the University of Washington, where he accomplished a Master of Science degree in urban horticulture in 1985. Hinkley was an instructor of horticulture at Edmonds Community College, in Edmonds, Washington, from 1987 to 1996.

In 1987 Hinkley began gardening on the land that would become Heronswood with his partner, the architect Robert L. Jones. By the mid 1990’s Heronswood Nursery was doing a thriving mail-order business, and the display garden tours gained international acclaim. Hinkley became a regular speaker at seminars offered during the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. In 2000, Hinkley and Jones sold the business, and display gardens, to Burpee Seeds, but continued to run the nursery. Hinkley and Jones moved to a residence separate from the nursery in Indianola, Washington.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (864) 503-5235. For further information contact Bea Walters Smith at or by calling (864) 503-5235.