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A garden that teaches

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

We visited Irmo Middle School recently to see their pollinator garden. Originally started by science teacher Will Green to help migrating monarch’s use their only larval food source, milkweed, on their trip back to Mexico for the winter, this garden evolved into a teaching facility. As the garden and its uses have grown, teachers see that it reaches not only future scientists but students with talents in marketing, art, public speaking and other valuable traits. In their greenhouse, students grow milkweed and vegetables which when offered to the public provide funds for continuation of the garden. Some students have gone to County council to advocate for milkweed plantings in public gardens. Others have designed and printed attractive and informative signs for the garden. And all have gotten closer to the intricacies of nature.

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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.