(For pictures, click HERE. Look for the totem pole picture!)
This was our last day of class and it ended at the SC Botanical Gardens. We started off the morning with Lisa Wagner, Education Director for the gardens. Then she took us on a tour around the gardens and even though it was raining, everything looked so green and fresh. Along the path we saw holly, gingko tree, ducks, camellia sinensis (used for tea), big leaf magnolia, sculpture over an old spring, cavities in a poplar tree, and hardy cyclamen. In the classroom Lisa showed us seed pods and other plants. She also shared with us volunteer opportunities in the garden.
Then we had lunch provided by the Upstate Master Naturalist Association. The food and drink were awesome! After lunch we graduated and each one of us received a certificate and a wooden name tag. Then our leaders were given gifts of appreciation and we filled the room with lots of laughter.
After graduation, we drove to the Cherokee garden where Karen explained the different parts and meanings to it. It was a great way to end the day.
I really enjoyed these 12 weeks of classes and will miss getting together with this group. All of my classmates were wonderful to get to know and I hope to see them at other gatherings and volunteer events. I am thankful for the leaders and organizers of the program who put in lots of hard work and time to make this program meaningful.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).
Original picture: Group Leaders by Pat Hensley