Joe Townsend has been appreciating and growing wildflowers for 20 years. He is a charter member of the Native Plant Society and the owner of WildSide Gardens, a native plant nursery located in the Six Mile area of Pickens County. He resides on a 24 acre farm where he lives off grid with solar power.
Chris Sermons is the founder and manager of Bio-Way Farm, a Certified Organic produce farm, evolving on Permaculture Design principles located in Ware Shoals, SC. He received his Permaculture Design certificate in 2010 after studying and practicing it for 10 yrs. At the farm, he is able to engage his passion for forest gardening, ecological restoration and cultural transformation.
March 10 (Saturday): Wildflower propagation with Joe Townsend at the Hagood Mill; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuition: $40 ($30 for members). In this workshop you will learn how to successfully propagate your own wildflowers from seed, cuttings and division. You will learn proper seed storage; seed stratification methods and how to make a low cost mist chamber for you stem cuttings. Some seeds will be provided. Plan to bring your bag lunch. For 18-years and above.
March 24 (Saturday): Introduction to Permaculture with Chris Sermons at the Hagood Mill; Noon – 3:00 p.m. Tuition: $40 ($30 for members). Permaculture is a holistic system of design, based on direct observation of nature, learning from traditional knowledge, and the findings of modern science. Embodying a philosophy of positive action and grassroots education, Permaculture aims to restructure society by returning control of resources for living: food, water, shelter and the means of livelihood, to ordinary people in their communities. This class will cover the basics of Permaculture ethics, principles and design theory and include a design walk on the Hagood Mill site. 18-years and above.
April 14 (Saturday): Wildflower Walk with Joe Townsend at the Hagood Mill; 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. We will investigate, up close and personal, many of the woodland Wildflowers that are found on the Hagood Mill Nature trail. We will be keying in on the wildflowers by way of their form, scent, color and the site in which they inhabit. This will be wildflower identification and appreciation through the senses as well as the mind. Be prepared for 1 ½ mile walk. 18-years and above. FREE to the public but MUST PRE-REGISTER by calling 864.898.5963. Size of group limited to 15
. May 5 (Saturday): Nature Discovery Day at the Hagood Mill; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to join in this day of celebrating nature with a host of experts in this field. Take a nature walk with Patrick McMillan; learn about amphibians with DNR’s Greg Lucas; hear about mammals with Ed Pivorun; find out tips on Heirloom Vegetables with Kate Cummings; visit the booth of the South Carolina Native Plants Society, and the South Carolina State Botanical Garden; Robin McGee will share information about herbs and how to use them; and Recreational Equipment Inc. - REI from Greenville will showcase how important a clean environment is to recreation. Little Bistro will provide breakfast and lunch food items for sale to keep you comfortable. There will be a variety of music and several other experts joining in to make this a very enjoyable day. Mark your calendars. More Details to follow.
May 12 (Saturday): Tree and Shrub identification with Joe Townsend at the Hagood Mill; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuition: $40 ($30 for members). Does the Forest appear to you as a green blur as you walk along a Nature trail? Would you like to develop some familiarity with our “green neighbors”? This class is for those interested in “getting to know” dozens of trees and shrubs commonly found in the Upcountry. Plan to bring your bag lunch. 18-years and above.
May 26 (Saturday): Learn that Fern with Joe Townsend at the Hagood Mill; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuition: $40 ($30 for members). This class will be offered for those interested in learning how to identify some of our common fern species of the Upcountry. Some basic botanical terminology will be introduced that will be helpful for the participant to successfully identify and appreciate our native ferns. Plan to bring your bag lunch. 18-years and above. .
June 2 (Saturday): Edible and Medicinal Plants with Joe Townsend at the Hagood Mill; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuition: $40 ($30 for members). Participants will explore how to identify some of our wild plants that were used by our ancestors and Native Americans both for food and medicine. We will also look at plants that were used for other purposes such as basketry, dyes and arrow making. Plan to bring your bag lunch. 18-years and above.
Pre-registration is required and you may register in person or by calling the Pickens County Museum at (864) 898-5963. Tuition may be paid by cash, check or charge. Make check payable to the Pickens County Museum or call the Museum to use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. All classes will be held at the Hagood Mill. Full Tuition must be paid before first class. Students will be notified if a class is cancelled or filled. If class is cancelled all tuition will be reimbursed to registered student. No tuition reimbursements after start of class.
For a full list of classes offered at the Pickens County Museum Field School, please visit www.pickenscountymuseum.org or call the museum at (864) 898-5963 and request this information
Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the Pickens County Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. The Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00, to tour the buildings and grounds.