Buy Your Tickets to Attend Arbor Day Festivities at USC Upstate

December 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

Arbor-Day-10-YearsWorld-renowned author, speaker and researcher Dr. Allan Armitage will headline the University of South Carolina Upstate’s 10th Annual Arbor Day celebration to be held Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

Events open to the public include:

  • 9 a.m. – USC Upstate and City of Spartanburg tree dedication – The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 East St. John St., downtown Spartanburg.
  • 11 a.m. – An hour-long informational gardening session with Armitage – Humanities  and Performing Arts Center Theater, USC Upstate’s main campus.
  • Noon – Q&A session with Armitage, including lunch and great door prizes – Sansbury  Campus Life Center Ballroom.
  • 1:30 p.m. – USC Upstate, in partnership with Upstate Forever, will place tree tags on trees located in highly visible public areas. The purpose of the tree tag project is to increase awareness and appreciation for trees among residents in the region by showcasing the economic value and environmental benefits that trees provide to us each and every day. According to the U.S. Forest Service, a 20-year-old private tree returns $102 in energy savings, storm water runoff reduction, cleaner air, and higher property values each year. The tree tags will provide information on the estimated economic benefits of that particular tree in that location in storm water runoff reduction, carbon reduction, electrical energy savings, and property value. The tree tag project is an excellent educational opportunity for the general public as well as for those students interested in learning how to identify, measure trees, and calculate the estimated benefits of trees.

Armitage is professor emeritus of horticulture at the University of Georgia, where he taught, conducted research, and developed and maintained The UGA Trial Gardens, one of the finest trial gardens in the country.

Armitage is known throughout the world as a writer, speaker and researcher. He also has served as an advisor for the Garden Book Club of America and as a consultant for Scholastic Books’ Magic School Bus series. Since retiring from UGA, he spends his time writing, consulting, speaking, teaching online classes and developing a gardening App. Armitage’s new gardening app consists of more than 70 genera, and many more species and cultivars.

Armitage has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards to include: Alex Laurie Award for outstanding research in horticulture, The Golden Trowel Award from the Garden Writers of America, The Medal of Honor given by the Garden Club of America, and the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award for lifelong achievements in horticulture.

The following books written by Armitage will be available at the event: “Garden Perennials,” “Vines and Climbers,” “Legends in the Garden” and “Native Plants.” The books also are available for pre-sale through

For additional information, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships, at 864.503.5235 or

USC Upstate’s Arbor Day celebration is sponsored by QS/1, City of Spartanburg, BB&T, Roebuck Wholesale Nursery and Landscape, Linda Cobb, Spartanburg Garden Club Council, Eastside Westside Eye Center, The Oakland House, Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club, Pacolet Milliken, Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, The Oops! Company, Spartanburg Community College Horticultural Department, Wild Birds Unlimited, Gunter’s Garden, Inc., Southeastern Printing, and Glen Boggs Architect.