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Reclaiming a river bed

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

In a few places, the Los Angeles River, most of which flows (or trickles at times) in a concrete culvert, has trees growing in it. In certain areas, the water table is too high for the bottom to be concrete and it is native soil.

As we know, nature hates a vacuum, and vegetation has grown in some of these places. Five species of indigenous willow trees, with varying heights, support a variety of wildlife. There is now a movement to enhance any space on the river that could be considered an urban park where people could get a glimpse of nature in a profoundly densely-packed city. There’s also an urban tree planting program -- My daughter Lill knows where fig trees she can reach grow and grazes on her walks.

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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.