The Hatchers began working and amending the soil. They filled in the eroded lands, built paths and ponds, and planted thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers.
The Hatchers were not wealthy landowners. Limited in resources, but not in creative vision, they raised money for their projects by buying and self-renovating adjacent properties for rental income. When they chose to give the Garden to a local Foundation - and thus to the Spartanburg community in perpetuity - what they gave was their life savings.