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Terasa Lott, Clemson Extension Natural Resource Agent and Carolina Clear Coordinator

Terasa Lott, Clemson Extension Natural Resource Agent and Carolina Clear Coordinator

Personal Hobbies: I spend a great deal of my free time helping animals. I volunteer with two humane societies and a wildlife rehabilitation center. I like scuba diving, baking, and just enjoying the outdoors.
 
Gardening Memories: I don’t think I have a first, but I have lots of gardening related memories. One of those is sitting on the screened-in porch with my great grandmother (Great Nana) trimming and snapping the green and yellow beans to be canned. We grew tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, green and yellow beans, asparagus, rhubarb, zucchini, and raspberries. There may have been more, but that is all I can remember. We didn’t grow our own strawberries but it was a summer ritual for my grandfather (Popa) and me to pick strawberries at the local farm. I think I may have eaten more than I put in the flat, but that is what makes strawberry picking fun when you’re a kid. My grandmother (Nana) was a fabulous cook and she would turn those strawberries into jam, strawberry shortcake, and strawberry rhubarb pie.
 
Favorite Plants: I love lilacs! We had a hedgerow of lavender and white lilacs on the path to our garage. The flowers were so pretty and had such a lovely fragrance.
 
Plants I Like to Grow: I like to grow things that are beneficial to wildlife, such as lantana, coneflower, and butterflyweed.
 
My Least Favorite Thing to Do in the Garden: Weeding
 
Things that Interest Me in Horticulture: I am especially interested in eco-friendly landscapes. This includes the use of drought-tolerant plants, as well as those that do not require lots of fertilizers and/or pesticides. 
 
Biggest Mistakes in My Garden: Purchasing plants without considering if I have a suitable place for them in my home landscape

Inspiration for Gardening: I have so many cherished gardening-related memories from my childhood: picking fresh corn on the cob to have with dinner, growing pumpkins to carve at Halloween, having canned vegetables from our garden nearly all year long – I think it is that close connection to gardening from early in life that has inspired me to continue gardening as an adult. It can be challenging, but it is so rewarding.

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