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Hodges in Greenwood County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Park’s / Greenwood County

 
 
Park’s -<br>Building a Family Tradition Since 1868 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2008
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Building a Family Tradition Since 1868
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Park's: America's Most Trusted Gardening Resource
Building a Family Tradition Since 1868
It all started in 1867 when 15 year-old George Watt Park, a very enterprising lad, passed around to friends and neighbors a list of seeds he had grown and collected in his mother’s Pennsylvania garden. He then decided to advertise his seeds for sale in The Rural American at a cost of $3.50—and it brought him $6.50 in seed orders! He then saved up $10.00, bought a hand press and in 1868 printed his own 8-page catalog in his mother’s parlor—and the George W. Park Seed Company was born!

Although founded in Libonia, Pennsylvania, Park Seed had called Greenwood, S.C. home for more than 80 years. How did this change of location come about? You could say that love had a hand in it. At the age of 64, George W. Park met the much younger Mary Barratt, a home demonstration agent from Greenwood, South Carolina. She had written to him for advice on teaching horticulture to homemakers. For 2 years they corresponded and what began as friendship based on their common horticultural interests blossomed into love. They were married in 1918. A few years later, Park moved the company to Mary’s hometown—Greenwood.

Wayside Gardens
In 1975, Park Seed purchased Wayside Gardens of Mentor,
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Ohio and moved its offices here to the Park facility. Early in its history, Wayside became the most respected mail order nursery in the U.S. and the Park family has successfully continued and built on its tradition of excellence. Waysides horticulturists strive to find only the finest quality perennials, trees, and shrubs and travel the world in search of new and unusual garden treasures.

Seeds in Space Program
In a joint effort, Park Seed Company and NASA developed the SEEDS (Space-Exposed Experiment Developed for Students) program to study what effect the radiation-bombarded environment of space would have on different types of seeds. 14.5 million seeds from Parks were sent into space for almost six years. Upon their return to earth in 1991, the seeds were given to an estimated 4 million students and researchers in the United States plus 30 foreign countries. Data collected from the students and researchers, after growing out and testing the seeds, showed that the plants have very few significant effects from prolonged exposure to outer space. This conclusion has far-reaching implications for future space travel, including the feasibility of life-support systems in outer space. And, most importantly, millions of school children, some perhaps the scientists of the future, were able to participate in this unique hands-on science experiment.

Flower
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Day

Each June, Park's invites visitors to its annual open house, or Flower Day, to see the gardens at their peak, tour the facilities, and take home plants and seeds, as well as ideas, for their own gardens.

All-American Selections (AAS)
Park Seed has been an official AAS trial site for more than 50 years by growing and evaluating the award candidates in our trials alongside their nearest competitions already on the market. Each year, Park's results, along with those from 40 other test sites across North America, determine the winners of this prestigious award that recognizes new flower and vegetable varieties of outstanding merit.

Greenwood County
A Richly Diverse and Historical County
Known today for its diverse business economy, Greenwood County has a rich historical heritage. Visit the Ninety Six Historic Site and relive the experience of the Revolutionary War. If you are a gardener or just love flowers, a stop at the nationally known Park Seed Company is an unforgettable experience. For an outdoor experience, visit the Saluda River rapids at Pitts Park adjacent to the historic mill village of Ware Shoals or the CCC era Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area on Lake Greenwood.

Park Seed Company
Located a short distance from downtown Greenwood, this is the largest mail-order seed company
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Flower Day
in the world. The gardens are open to the public.

Pitts Park
Located on the banks of the Saluda River in Ware Shoals, this park interprets the natural history of the river and the town's past.

Emerald Farms
Visitors can get close to the goats and shop in the gift store for a variety of goat milk products and other related items.

Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
Developed as a Civilian Conservation Corps project in the 1930s, the park offers camping, picnic facilities, and the Drummond Center.

Cokesbury College
This antebellum school for girls was founded as the Masonic Female Academy. The town of Cokesbury is located near Greenwood.

The Museum
This museum, located in downtown Greenwood, features cultural and natural history collections of the area and from around the world.

Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
Located in the heart of Greenwood, the Chamber provides visitors with tourist information and the opportunity to view its unique "Cotton to Genes" exhibit.
 
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
 
Location. 34° 16.4′ 
Park’s -<br>All-American Selections (AAS) image. Click for full size.
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All-American Selections (AAS)
N, 82° 11.667′ W. Marker is in Hodges, South Carolina, in Greenwood County. Marker is on Cokesbury Road (State Highway 254), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located about 75 yards northwest of the Park Seed entrance sign. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3507 Cokesbury Road, Hodges SC 29653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tabernacle Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Payne Institute (approx. 1˝ miles away); Old Cokesbury and Masonic Female College and Conference School (approx. 1˝ miles away); Moorefield Memorial Highway (approx. 3 miles away); Good Hope Baptist Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Rock Presbyterian Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Francis Salvador (approx. 5.8 miles away); Old Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away); Greenwood SC Memorial Marker (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dr. Benjamin James Sanders, Jr. (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hodges.
 
Also see . . .
1. Park Seed Company. Providing gardeners with vegetable seeds, perennial seeds, flower seeds, & seed starters for the American garden since 1868. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Park Seed Archive. The Park Seed Company came into
Park’s -<br>The Park's Credo image. Click for full size.
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The Park's Credo
being in 1868 when an ambitious, garden-loving teenager decided that he needed some extra pocket money. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Park Seed Company. Park Seed Company is a privately held mail-order seed company based in Greenwood, South Carolina. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Park Seed Company Gardens. The national headquarters for Park Seed Company and Wayside Gardens is located in Greenwood, South Carolina. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. George Watt Park. George Watt Park (1853 – 1935) founded the Geo. W. Park Seed Company, Inc., more commonly known as Park Seed Company. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. George W. Park (1852–1935). George W. Park was born on a farm near Fannettburg, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

7. Park Seed Memories. A colorful and fun blog for Park Seed employees and customers. (Submitted on September 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

8. All-American Selections. The mission of All-America Selections is “to promote new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials
Park's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2008
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in North America.” (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

9. Wayside Gardens. For nearly one hundred years, Wayside Gardens has provided new and uncommon trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, and bulbs to discerning gardeners across the country. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

10. Space Exposed Experiment Developed for Students (Education-SEEDS). During the Education-Space Exposed Experiment Development for Students (SEEDS) experiment, eight pouches of soybean and corn seeds flew on station and germinated under either dark or lighted conditions. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

11. Greenwood County, South Carolina. Official website of Greenwood County, South Carolina. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

12. Greenwood County, South Carolina. Greenwood County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

13. Irvin Pitts Park / Ware Shoals Marker. Marker located in Ware Shoals dedicated to Pitts Park and Ware Shoals. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

14. Emerald Farms Marker. Markers located in Greenwood, dedicated to Emerald Goat Farms. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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By Brian Scott, September 20, 2008
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15. The Emerald Triangle. This is The Museum and Greenwood Railroad Museum's little spot of cyberspace and the best place for you to find out what’s happening at The Museum and Greenwood Railroad Museum in Greenwood, South Carolina. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Greenwood County -<br>Park See Company and Pitts Park image. Click for full size.
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Park See Company and Pitts Park
Greenwood County -<br>Emerald Farms and Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area image. Click for full size.
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Emerald Farms and Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
Greenwood County -<br>Cokesbury College image. Click for full size.
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Cokesbury College
Greenwood County -<br>The Museum and Greenwood Chamber of Commerce image. Click for full size.
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The Museum and Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
Greenwood County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2008
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George Watt Park<br>1853–1935 image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
14. George Watt Park
1853–1935
Park Seed Co. Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2008
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