UNION — Union’s Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) welcomes Bryana Vaughan and Koby Lee as spring interns working alongside horticulturist Billy McBee to develop the garden and assist with programming, outreach and research for the spring and summer season.
Vaughan and Lee will have a broad sampling of experiences researching medical uses of new plantings, compiling the spring newsletter and writing articles for PPG’s online blog. They will also explore options that identify and expand community outreach opportunities.
“We offer a great opportunity for seasonal interns and are excited to partner again with USC-Union’s internship program,” said PPG founder Toccoa W. Switzer, “We’re very excited to have Bryana and Koby. Both are wonderfully energetic and love interacting with the public. They display great leadership skills and we know they’ll be a big asset.”
Bryanna Vaughan is a 2015 graduate of Gettys D. Broome High School in Spartanburg, and a resident of Pacolet. She is pursuing associates and bachelors degrees in Organizational Leadership. In addition, she’s actively involved in the following campus organizations: Student Government Association, Men and Women on a Mission and the African American Association, and USC Connect Student Advisory. She hopes to graduate with Leadership Distinction for both the associates and bachelors degrees, and has been on the Dean’s List since starting college.
Vaughan is a peer mentor at the university, and a recipient of the Life Scholarship, the Switzer-Wise Scholarship and the Eleanor/Henry Richardson Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.
After graduation she plans to attend the USC School of Law in Columbia, and become a judge.
Koby Lee is a 2016 graduate of Union County High School and a native of Union.
He is pursuing an associates and a bachelors degree in Social Services and also intends to graduate with Leadership Distinctions. Like Vaughan, Lee is active on campus as a member of the Student Government Association, Men and Women on a Mission, and the USC Connect’s Student Advisory Council. He also tutors students in the Student Success Center.
After graduation, Lee intends to work in an environment that positively impacts children from under-privileged families and those whose families are facing homelessness.
The Piedmont Physic Garden will host the following events this spring:
• March 18 — Marian St. Claire will present “Growing Good Gardens: Finding Ideas and Inspiration in all the Right Places.”
• April 15 — Rusty Wilson will present “Birds of the Carolinas.”
• April 29 — Our Second Annual Spring Garden Party, “Fireflies in the Garden.”
For more information about these and other events at the Piedmont Physic Garden see upcoming editions of The Union Times and go online at our website (www.uniondailytimes.com) and our Facebook page.
Piedmont Physic Garden
Founded in 2014 by the family of Dr. Paul K. Switzer, PPG was inspired by London’s Chelsea Physic Garden. PPG’s mission is to provide horticultural and environmental education to the people of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina.
PPG is a nonprofit botanical garden located at 301 E. South St. In Dr. Switzer’s memory, the Switzer family donated two residential lots to create a small apothecary garden containing plants with historical medicinal uses, many native to the Piedmont and the Southern Appalachian corridor. The family of the Honorable Jack and Nonie Flynn donated two adjoining lots in 2014, significantly expanding the scope of the garden.
Today PPG’s campus, located in the heart of Union’s historic district, serves as a hub for horticultural and environmental based learning activities for children, teens and adults.
For more information on tours, events and educational events, please call 864-427-2556 or visit piedmontphysicgarden.org.
This story courtesy of the Piedmont Physic Garden.