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Tony Melton: All About Service

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

Florence County Extension member Pam Barnhill has worked with Tony Melton since 1997 and was instrumental in organizing the event at the Florence Pee Dee Rec honoring Tony. Serving the people of South Carolina, Pam related to me, was what Tony said his greatest honor and joy was – that he wasn’t working for Clemson but for the farmers and growers and individual people of our state --they were the reason he loved his job – it was all about service. So it makes sense that organizers chose a serviceberry tree, a native with many attractive features, to plant in Tony’s honor. True to form, Tony inspected the tree at the ceremony and suggested to those involved that the mulch was a little too deep and needed to be pulled away slightly from the trunk. That’s our Tony for you.

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.