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SC Botanical Garden: Endangered Plants

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. At the South Carolina Botanical Garden, the goal is not just to offer visitors a rich experience in seeing a wide panoply of native and introduced plants that grow in three hundred acres which duplicate ecosystems from across the state, but they also preserve and protect endangered plants. As our state is losing open land at an alarming rate, protection of rare, endangered, and site-specific plants is of critical importance. The new director of the garden, Martin Hamilton, has a background in this field and is working with other institutions to provide the care and expertise and seed collections to ensure that we have the genetic material to safeguard our ecosystems in the future. This of course includes plants that support pollinators and are larval food host plants. All this combined with beauty to lift our souls.

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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.