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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Team Making It Grow is going back out to film interesting places to share with our viewers. Public gardens seem like just the ticket in these times, especially now that the temperatures are lower. Our first trip was to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens where our friend Katie Dickson is in charge of seasonal displays for lots of WOW. We began our tour at a fabulous collection of sun coleus, many I’d never seen before, set off by the chartreuse leaves of a border of dwarf durantas – aka golden dew drops.   A relaxing but visually exciting trip was the bed she’s planted for color along the path that borders the Ashley River-- where we could also watch birds fishing in the water. For the younger set, the children’s garden has a sensory theme – including ways to make noise and explore textures.

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.