The Noble Trees of Spartanburg Contest

The annual Noble Trees of Spartanburg Contest is a way to educate school children and Spartanburg residents and visitors about the importance of Noble Trees to our community.  Additionally, this contest will be a means to locate some of Spartanburg County's largest and most notable specimen trees.

This competition will assist us as we work to create a interactive map of the Tree Canopy of Spartanburg County and show open areas where Noble Trees need to be planted so that future generations can enjoy these amazing trees.

Competition Rules and Details

Noble Trees will only be nominated once and a tree must be located in Spartanburg County. A tree may only be nominated once, so check the below map to ensure it's not already been selected.

We will accept Noble Trees of Spartanburg County Contest nominations May 13, 2022 to April 15, 2023.

Any Noble Trees nominated between May 13, 2022 and April 15, 2023, are eligible to win the 2023 contest!

The winner will be announced at Hatcher Garden's Twilight in the Garden event in May 2023.

$2500 will be donated by The Noble Tree Foundation to Hatcher Gardens in the name of the winning entrant and $100 each in the name of five notable mention entrants.

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Our Current Contestants

2022 Winner and Notable Mentions

2022 Noble Tree Contest Winner:

Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College - nominated by Daniel Abrahams.

Notable Mentions:

  • White Oak (Quercus alba) on Earl Drive in Lyman - Nominated by Melinda Franzese
  • Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroides) on Woodburn Ridge - Nominated by Alanna Wildman
  • Willow Oak (Quercus phellos) on Burnett Drive - Nominated by Robert Cochran
  • Water Oak (Quercus nigra) on Mockingbird Lane - Nominated by Mark Hicklin and Marianna Habisreutinger
  • White Oak (Quercus alba) on the campus of Spartanburg High School - Nominated by Thomas White

We work to promote the presence of Noble Trees in Spartanburg County and beyond by 

  • Generating enthusiasm for the value of Noble Trees in our ecological system
  • Promoting educational opportunities wherein knowledge of, and appreciation for, Noble Trees are featured
  • Encouraging continual tree planting and maintenance programs distinguished by the use of appropriate trees, planting practices, and maintenance techniques, to include specific project support
  • Serving as a catalyst and guide for funding and encouragement of the aforementioned objectives

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