Last spring, I invited Dr. Patrick McMillan, Hilliard Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson and Director of the SC Botanical Garden, to speak at one of Upstate Forever’s events. He urged us all to take a moment to be awed by our region’s natural wonders, and to appreciate how beautiful — and unusual — the Upstate truly is.
For instance, anyone who’s watched the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains knows the area is breathtaking. But did you know that the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment may have more species of trees than the entire continent of Europe? Or that it’s home to more trillium, wild ginger plants, and salamanders per square inch than anywhere else in the world?
Original article by Andrea Cooper, read more at Greenville News