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Fasciation brings variety to flower arrangements

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

Back in the day when I was doing flower arrangements for my friend Ruthie Lacey’s event business, my job was to find weird side of the road stuff. Flowers, of course, are supposed to be perfect and just cut but an arrangement of just flowers can be rather dull – but add an interesting stick or branch to grab your attention and you’ll stop to smell the roses, so to speak. Curly willow is used by lots of florist but as someone who had to have her once frizzy hair straightened half her life, just curly doesn’t do it for me. I like flattened or twisted or lichen covered stems. One of my favorites is dog fennel with a bug – that’s what I thought had caused that weed to be strangely flattened and wide – actually, they were examples of fasciation.

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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.