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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. At Botany Bay Heritage Preserve, scientists using  LiDAR ,an aerial 3D laser scanning method, have discovered the oldest shell ring in our State, Pokoy 1, dating to 4300 years ago, the same period as the earliest Egyptian pyramids. This oyster shell structure was constructed and only used for a relatively short period of time – from 20 to one hundred years.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If it's safe to turn around, when I see a turtle crossing the road, I try to get it across.   My rescues are mostly box turtles. But we have two Department of Natural Resources Heritage Trust sites dedicated to protect the endangered gopher tortoise populations.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The Heritage Trust Program, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, maintains, administers sites with cultural or ecosystem importance. As part of the culturally significant duties, a team of archaeologist works on those specific sites. They also train teachers in free workshops – two upcoming ones in Columbia, concern shelter and nutrition.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. South Carolina’s Heritage Trust Program has protected over 95,000 acres of land selected for unique ecological features or important cultural significance. Most are open to the public and some allow hunting and fishing. The goal is to protect and share with citizens and visitors to our state the incredible diversity we have in South Carolina.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. One of the remarkable features of our state is the incredible diversity that comes from our encompassing mountains, foothills, piedmont, sandhills and coastal plains ecosystems.

Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talks with the Historic Columbia’s Director of Grounds Keith Mearns about their new on-line plant database that documents all of their plant material.

Dr. John Nelson of the AC Moore Herbarium joins Clemson Extension Agent and host of Making It Grow, Amanda McNulty , for a final chat on Carolina Bays.

Dr. John Nelson of the AC Moore Herbarium joins Clemson Extension Agent and host of Making It Grow, Amanda McNulty, to continue the conversation about Carolina Bays.

Dr. John Nelson of the AC Moore Herbarium joins Clemson Extension Agent and the host of Making It GrowAmanda McNulty, to talk about Carolina Bays.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The Schweinitz sunflower was named for Lewis David de Scweinitz, an American botanist with important German connections. Born in Pennsylvania, he was a descendant of the founder of the Moravian Church, and traveled to Germany for training at a seminary there. .

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Tom Ballou of the Midlands Chapter of the South Carolina Bee Keepers Association first told me about Schweinitiz’ sunflower, Helianthus Schweinitizii, several years ago and gave me a start for my garden. Sadly, a huge pine fell into that space after a hurricane and it was two years before I could get it removed and find out what plants survived.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The North Carolina State University Herbarium describes Schweinitiz’s sunflower this way. A perennial rhizomatous herb with one to several hairy purple stems growing from a cluster of carrot-like tuberous roots. It goes on to tell us that the leaves “feel like felt on the underside and rough like sandpaper” on the top.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Shweinitz’s sunflower grows in only a few places in north and south Carolina. Since 1991 it has been on the federal endangered species list; it seems to require a fairly regular fire regime in order to persist. It has an unusual root system for a sunflower, fleshy starchy structures like a sweet potato’s which provide it with the stored carbohydrates needed to resprout vigorously after fires or mowing – now it is often found on roadsides.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Helianthus annuus, the annual flower that produces seeds with commercial value, is native to the prairies of the mid-western area but now is found all over the US and Canada. We have several sunflowers that are evolved in our part of the country. One of particular interest is Helianthus schweinitzii, or Schweinitz sunflower. This plant is endemic to certain parts of North and South Carolina.

Artichokes

Jul 27, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow.  At a recent funeral in Columbia, the homily included remarks about the thousands of jars of artichoke relish the departed parsishoner had made over the years for an annual bazaar. Artichoke pickles are made from a native sunflower, Helianthus tuberosus. Believed to have first been domesticated by   western native americans, it’s now found in almost every state and in half of Canada.

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