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Patti McGee shared her love of plants with the community around her

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Our state has lost a remarkable citizen, Charleston gardener and hostess Patti McGee. Her love of gardening originated under her mother’s tutelage in Marion, South Carolina. Her husband Peter was supportive of constant tweaking and additions to their Anson Street property, including protecting pots of shade-loving but brilliant Clivias, whose use she pioneered locally, during freezes. McGee’s inquisitive mind and love of new people as well as plants, made her beloved by both the artistic and gardening community. She graciously allowed Making It Grow to talk to her and film her downtown garden as she prepared to move to Sullivan’s Island and begin anew, designing a nearly full sun garden by limiting turf and installing an ecological thoughtful garden there. Search Patti p a t t i McGee gardens you tube and see her brilliance reflected.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.