‘Fireflies in the Garden’ at PPG

By: By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Keith and Amber Ivey (left and center, respectively) and Annie Smith (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.
Charles Warner | The Union Times This new brick wall and gate encompasses most of the grounds of the Piedmont Physic Garden. It was donated to the PPG by the Bailey Foundation and dedicated to the memory of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the garden. The wall and the gate and Mrs. Switzer’s role in founding the PPG were celebrated during the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party and fundraiser held at the garden.
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Nancy Baarcke (left), Ginger Fant (center), and Vanda Guess (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden This table full of heavy hors d’oeuvres was provided by Aberdeen Catering for the dining pleasure of those attending the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG). Fireflies in the Garden was a fundraiser and garden party, the third such annual event hosted by the PPG to thank its supporters in the community.

UNION — The life and legacy of service to the community of a very special lady was remembered, celebrated, and honored on Saturday, April 7 during “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden.

The Piedmont Physic Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden located at 301 East South Street in Union. It was founded in 2014 by the family of Dr. Paul K. Switzer, a physician who practiced in Union for almost 60 years. In his memory, the Switzers donated two residential lots to PPG to create a small apothecary garden containing plants with historical medicinal uses, many native to the Piedmont and the Southern Appalachian corridor. That same year, the family of the Honorable Jack and Nonie Flynn, donated two adjoining lots, significantly expanding the scope of the garden.

Inspired by London’s Chelsea Physic Garden, the PPG’s mission is to exhibit the medicinal, cultural, economic and environmental importance of plants to the people of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina. As such it serves as a hub for a wide variety of educational programs for children, teens, and adults.

Furthermore, as a physic garden, PPG’s role is to reconnect people with the world of plants and to educate them on the impact that plants have on our daily lives, particularly our overall health and wellness. The word physic refers to the art or practice of healing disease.

One of the founders of the garden was Dr. Switzer’s wife, Toccoa Wise Switzer who passed away on August 5, 2017.

Mrs. Switzer’s role in the creation of the garden and her service to the community were remembered during Fireflies in the Garden which the PPG website (www.piedmontphysicgarden.com) describes as “our third annual spring garden party and fundraiser for PPG. This is also our opportunity to thank our community partners, volunteers and other members of the community who have supported us throughout the year.”

Those attending the April 7 event got to see the new brick wall and gate that encompasses much of the garden. The wall and gate were donated to the PPG by the Bailey Foundation and dedicated to Mrs. Switzer’s memory “for her love and service to the Clinton and Union communities.”

Mrs. Switzer’s daughter, Toccoa “Coie” Switzer, said that Fireflies in the Garden was a success even though much of the festivities were forced inside because of the weather.

“Despite the rain and cool weather and having to move the event indoors to our headquarters we still had a great turnout and guests were able to actually go outside and enjoy the garden because there was a break in the rain,” she said.

Fireflies in the Garden also featured heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided by Aberdeen Catering and music performed by members of the Union County High School Orchestra.

Corporate Donors

The following businesses and other organizations were corporate donors for Fireflies in the Garden.

• The City of Union

• Arthur State Bank

• Union Family Pharmacy

• Cato Corporation

• Kimbrell’s Furniture

• Rose and Walter Montgomery Foundation

• Allstate Insurance — Frank Hart

• Home Deport

• University of South Carolina — Union

• Main Street Insurance

• Union County Tourism Commission

• Wicks Locksmith

• ELB Loans

• The County of Union

• Sanders Garden Center

• Wylie and Washburn

• Paradise Home Center

A program for Fireflies in the Garden states that “we also want to thank James Hardie Industries, PLC for their generous donation towards the exterior renovation of our headquarters.“

The program also thanked “the following individuals for their on-going support of the garden.” Those individuals are:

• Billy McBee

• Linda Wilburn Weber

• Nancy Wilburn Kennedy

• Ginger Fant

• Everett Leigh

• Dianne Hendricks

• Wilson Bates

• Pete Berry

• Charles Lott

• Caroline Barger

• Bryanna Vaughn

For more information about the Piedmont Physic Garden visits the PPG website at www.piedmontphysicgarden.com.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Keith and Amber Ivey (left and center, respectively) and Annie Smith (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IveysAnnie-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Keith and Amber Ivey (left and center, respectively) and Annie Smith (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This new brick wall and gate encompasses most of the grounds of the Piedmont Physic Garden. It was donated to the PPG by the Bailey Foundation and dedicated to the memory of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the garden. The wall and the gate and Mrs. Switzer’s role in founding the PPG were celebrated during the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party and fundraiser held at the garden.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3285-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This new brick wall and gate encompasses most of the grounds of the Piedmont Physic Garden. It was donated to the PPG by the Bailey Foundation and dedicated to the memory of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the garden. The wall and the gate and Mrs. Switzer’s role in founding the PPG were celebrated during the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party and fundraiser held at the garden.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Nancy Baarcke (left), Ginger Fant (center), and Vanda Guess (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_ginger-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Nancy Baarcke (left), Ginger Fant (center), and Vanda Guess (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden This table full of heavy hors d’oeuvres was provided by Aberdeen Catering for the dining pleasure of those attending the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG). Fireflies in the Garden was a fundraiser and garden party, the third such annual event hosted by the PPG to thank its supporters in the community.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_foodaberdeen-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden This table full of heavy hors d’oeuvres was provided by Aberdeen Catering for the dining pleasure of those attending the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG). Fireflies in the Garden was a fundraiser and garden party, the third such annual event hosted by the PPG to thank its supporters in the community.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Jack Kelly (left) and Joe and Susan Lawson (center and right, respectively) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_jackkelleylawsons-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Jack Kelly (left) and Joe and Susan Lawson (center and right, respectively) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden These two waiters with Aberdeen Catering stand ready to serve drinks to those attending the “Fireflies in the Garden” fundraiser and garden party held April 7 at the Piedmont Physic Garden. Each year the PPG hosts a fundraisers and garden party to thank its supporters in the community. Those attending also got to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Aberdeen Catering.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_aberdeen-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden These two waiters with Aberdeen Catering stand ready to serve drinks to those attending the “Fireflies in the Garden” fundraiser and garden party held April 7 at the Piedmont Physic Garden. Each year the PPG hosts a fundraisers and garden party to thank its supporters in the community. Those attending also got to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Aberdeen Catering.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Patti LeMaster (left), Linda Kelly (center), and Harold LeMaster (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_lemaster-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden Patti LeMaster (left), Linda Kelly (center), and Harold LeMaster (right) were among those attending “Fireflies in the Garden” at the Piedmont Physic Garden (PPG) on Saturday, April 7. It was the PPG’s third annual fundraiser and garden party and was held to thank to the supporters of the garden. This year’s event was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Toccoa Wise Switzer, one of the founders of the Piedmont Physic Garden.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden A garden isn’t really a garden without flowers and a garden part just isn’t a garden party without them, either. These flowers were among the many flowers and other plants those attending the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party at the Piedmont Physic Garden got to enjoy.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_more-flowers-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden A garden isn’t really a garden without flowers and a garden part just isn’t a garden party without them, either. These flowers were among the many flowers and other plants those attending the April 7 “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party at the Piedmont Physic Garden got to enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden These members of the Union County High School Orchestra performed for those attending the “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party at the Piedmont Physic Garden on April 7. Each year the PPG hosts a fundraiser and garden party to thank its supporters in the community.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_5757-2.jpegPhoto courtesy of Piedmont Physic Garden These members of the Union County High School Orchestra performed for those attending the “Fireflies in the Garden” garden party at the Piedmont Physic Garden on April 7. Each year the PPG hosts a fundraiser and garden party to thank its supporters in the community.
Event celebrates the life of Toccoa Switzer

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.