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The South Carolina Botanical Garden plans autumn activities

CLEMSON — Fall is a busy season at the South Carolina Botanical Garden with a Lunch and Learn Gardening series, the Fall Garden Concert Series coming Sept. 15 and the Fall Plant Sale slated for Sept. 29-30.

Come learn how to welcome fall in to your landscape during a fall gardening symposium, Nov. 3 at the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

“The Lunch and Learn Gardening series allows participants to tap in to the extensive knowledge of Clemson’s Cooperative Extension Service experts,” said Sue Watts, education program coordinator for the Botanical Garden. “This series will be held in the Hayden Conference Center, from noon to 1 p.m., and will cover topics ranging from how climate and soil affect plants, to composting, fire ants, pruning trees and shrubs, and sustainable landscape design.”

Cost is $7 per session for non-members. Friends of the Garden will receive a 10 percent discount. Bring a bag lunch and listen to learn. Register at or call 864-656-3405.

Lunch and Learn Gardening series schedule

• Sept. 12: Kerrie Roach – Composting 101: Turn your food waste and garden refuse into garden gold

• Sept. 26: Vicky Bertagnolli – Putting out the fire! Fire ant biology and management

• Oct. 3: Mark Arena – The art of pruning trees and shrubs: a beginner’s guide

• Oct. 10: Ellen Vincent – Sustainable landscape design

Angel Perkins, business manager, said the S.C. Botanical Garden has set the lineup of artists for its annual fall concert series.

Artists perform from 7 to 8 p.m., each Friday from Sept. 15 through Oct. 6, in the Garden’s amphitheater. There are seats in the amphitheater, but visitors can bring blankets or stadium chairs. They also can bring picnic dinners. Admission is free (a $5 donation is suggested) and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, go to or call 864-656-3405.

This year’s lineup

Sept. 15 — Left Lane

Left Lane is a group of young musicians who have grown up playing bluegrass music together. From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the group learned bluegrass music from the local bluegrass community. They have made the music their own – it’s not something they simply do, it’s also defines who they are. Left Lane members are Mary Johnson, Peyton Ellenburg, Ivy Bryan, Logan Redding and Josiah Roper.

Sept. 22 – Haitian Children’s Choir

This performance is a fundraiser for Love Him Love Them, an organization helping orphans in Haiti and the Ukraine. The Haitian Children’s Choir is made up of 22 multi-talented children and musicians. The choir members range in age from 5 to 16 and are from the Lifesaver Orphanage in Pernier 7, Haiti. The choir will sing some of your favorite songs in English, Creole and Spanish. The concert is packed with worshipful music, dancing and interactions with the audience.

Sept. 29 – Tropical Island Players

The Tropical Island Players’ performance is action-packed and audience-oriented. It includes an island-flavored/Harry Belafonte-style repertoire, seasoned with the band’s own unique jazz licks and topped off with a touch of beach music.

Oct. 6 – Blackwater Social

Blackwater Social is one of the Upstate’s up-and-coming bands, specializing in the sounds of Southern rock and blues.

The Fall Plant Sale will be Sept. 29-30 in the S.C. Botanical Garden Nursery. The plant sale opens to Friends of the Garden from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 29. The Fall Plant Sale opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30.

For more information on these and other events, go to or call 864-656-3405. The Garden is located at 150 Discovery Lane in Clemson.

Fall is a busy season at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. is a busy season at the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

By Denise Attaway

For The Newberry Observer

Denise Attaway works in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture at Clemson University.