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"G" is for Gardens and for Gardening

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"G" is for gardens and gardening. Both home and commercial gardening were essential to the survival of colonial settlements in South Carolina. Most colonial home gardening included food crops that could be pickled or stored dry and "Sallet greens" such as mustard and turnip. In the eighteenth century, wealth allowed South Carolinians to create ornamental gardens. Charleston was among the first American ports of entry for such Asian plants as camellias and crape myrtle. Home horticulture began to flourish in the mid nineteenth-century with the development of commercial nurseries such as the one at Pomaria. Public gardens around the state annually attract thousands of visitors. Home gardening is America's number one hobby today, and, with its long growing seasons, South Carolina offers one of the best areas in the country for gardening for produce and pleasure.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.