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Saturday, September 22nd (10:00 AM - Noon)
"Free Your Garden From Fire Ants"
Join PPG as we welcome Vicky Bertagnolli, an entomologist at the Clemson Extension. Vicky holds a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences as well as an M.S. in Entomology from Auburn University. Prior to joining Clemson University as an Extension Agent in January 2008, Vicky spent seven years as the Research Technician for Auburn University's Alabama Fire Ant Management Program and also worked part-time for a small pest control company. Vicky’s areas of expertise are imported fire ants and their management; urban pest management using integrated pest management (IPM), School IPM, and insect identification
Today, Vicky is the Consumer Horticulture Agent, Master Gardener Coordinator, Private Pesticide Applicator Training Coordinator, and local “bug geek” in Aiken County. She administers the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Licensing Prep Course and makes regular monthly appearances on SCETV’s gardening show, Making It Grow. The hour-long Making It Grow broadcasts live on SC public television on Tuesday nights at 7 pm
Upcoming Events at PPG
Thursday, October 25th (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
WWI And What the Poppy Tradition Means For Americans
Join the Piedmont Physic Garden as we host a unique pre-Veterans Day experience to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI. Our speakers will be two Spartanburg historians. Jim Crocker, a World War I enthusiast and collector, will highlight the stories and contributions of soldiers from Union County who participated in the conflict while Charlie Gray will include the history of how the poppy became an international tradition of remembrance. Each attendee will receive a poppy to wear through Veterans Day.
Background: One-hundred years ago, WWI was finally moving toward its devastating conclusion. From late September and into October, the famed Hindenburg Line began to collapse, and leading the way was the Old Hickory Division (30th Infantry Division). Many local men from Union County were involved in the heaviest of the fighting as members of Company E, 118th Infantry. Many did not come home, leaving local families to grieve along with ten million families world-wide.
The poppy became an enduring symbol of remembrance for those who died so far from home in the fields of Flanders that were once beautiful places. Poppies still grow freely and abundantly there, ironically where the heaviest fighting occurred. Lieutenant-Colonel John Alexander McCrae, a Canadian soldier, wrote In Flanders Fields, a famous poem of grief and remembrance in response to his sad personal experiences there. Symbolically, the blood of the dead returns yearly as beautiful poppies wave peacefully in the breezes of those post-War fields; a healing reminder of what was lost in four terrible years of war.
Join us at the Piedmont Physic Garden, a place of peace and healing, as we remember and honor those souls lost one-hundred years ago.
The Piedmont Physic Garden is a non profit botanical garden in Union, SC, that exhibits medicinal plants and herbs and their historical and contemporary significance.
301 E. South Street Union SC 29379