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Vicky Bertagnolli - Clemson Extension Agent

Vicky Bertagnolli - Clemson Extension Agent

Clemson Extension Agent Vicky Bertagnolli will be moderating the Chat Room for those who wish to chat during the Making it Grow! live at the Sumter Opera House Special on August 28. Vicky is not only a great help on the Making It Grow! facebook page, but also on the Midlands Horticulture: Clemson Extension page. Here is some more information on Vicky:

Personal Hobbies: Arts and crafts, insect identification (I know I’m a geek), collecting and preserving insects (I know I’m a real geek), recreational sports (although I’m not very good at them), enjoying good food (I am VERY good at this!)

First Memories of Gardening: My mom and my grandparents both had extensive landscapes and gardens when I was growing up. I’d help my mom with the weeding, harvest, and consumption of her garden bounties (the strawberries rarely made it into the house). There is a picture of me as a child holding long beans as long as I was tall. As children, my cousins and I were paid a small fee for picking up pecans in my grandparents’ orchard. We also sat around the pea sheller fighting over who got to push the beans through the machine. There were always plenty of persimmons, scuppernongs, muscadines, peaches, figs, and satsumas in their landscape to fill our bellies while we played outside.

Favorite Plants: Cannas, Holiday cacti, azaleas (I’m a Southern girl, liking azaleas is a requirement, isn’t it?)

Plants I Like to Grow: Cannas (because they’re hard to kill yet quite attractive)

My Least Favorite Thing to Do in the Garden: Installation of plant material. It is evidenced by the fact that there is a potted plant cemetery in my side garden’s holding area.

Things that Interest Me in Horticulture: Mostly the insects that I find in and on my plant material. I think I garden just to find the bugs!

Biggest Mistakes in My Garden: Laziness. I don’t take the time to get out and enjoy my landscape.

People Who Inspire Me to Garden or Have Inspired Me: My mother, grandparents, and my horticultural coworkers (I learn a lot from them). See More



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