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SC Botanical Garden: Natural Heritage Gardens

Making It Grow Radio Minute
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Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Recently we filmed a segment about so called carnivorous plants with Trent Miller, manager of the Natural Heritage Gardens at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens at Clemson. The wonderful diversity in topography and mini-ecosystems in that three hundred acres allows the Garden to replicate the special plant communities found across our state, you can experience them with an easy walk going from a longleaf pine savannah, a granite outcrop, the magnificent piedmont prairie, flowering its head off when we were there – who says spring has all the glory – and see an replica of the Sandhills – that part of our state which was once the coast and supports its own unique plant community. We were treated to Trent’s deep knowledge of plants and how they make their living – pitcher plants plants getting needed nitrogen from decaying insect bodies.

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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.