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Where to find the cottonwood trees Debbie Reynolds sang of in the movie "Tammy and the Bachelor"

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio
Making It Grow, with host Amanda McNulty

Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Please excuse my singing voice, but here is part of the song "Tammy" from Tammy and the Bachelor, starring Debbie Reynolds: "I hear the cottonwoods whispering above, Tammy, Tammy’s in love. The old hooty owl hooty-hoots from above, Tammy, Tammy’s in love." Well, the setting is exactly right for Eastern cottonwoods to be growing, as Tammy and her grandfather live on a houseboat on the Mississippi River. Cottonwoods are usually found in nature growing by water sources or in wetlands. I don’t know how to recognize this tree easily, but recently on a walk into the Congaree National Park from the Highway 601 access, where the Congaree Land Trust sponsored a walk to see huge bald cypress trees, we saw cottonwoods, too. Our leader said you can recognize them by their deeply furrowed bark.

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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.