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South Carolina could witness two beautiful events of the natural world at Landsford Canal State Park through mid-May.

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Making It Grow, with host Amanda McNulty

Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Some people flew halfway across the country recently to see the total eclipse; just like people came to central South Carolina a while back to view that celestial phenomenon. Residents of the Palmetto State won’t have to go too far to experience the emergence of maybe a billion periodic cicadas. You can look online to see what parts of our state, mainly the Piedmont, will be part of this event. Naturalist Austin Jenkins talked to us about cicadas and said we could witness two beautiful events of the natural world at Landsford Canal State Park through mid-May. The rocky shoals spider lilies, with their own fascinating life history, will be in bloom. Then just wander the hill into the hardwood forest and you’ll be in cicada country. Just follow your ears.

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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.