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Spanish Bayonet

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow MinuteCredit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Like Yucca aloifolia, Spanish Bayonet, the plant called Spanish Dagger, Yucca gloriosa, also is native only to the lower southeastern states. Although it has a similar size and flower display, its leaves aren't quite so stiff and have a less lethal point at the end. John Nelson tells me the margins of Yucca gloriosa leaves are smooth and won't cut your fingers. So if you have an outdoor area you want to add drama to or need a line of plants to define an area, go to the trouble to find Yucca...

Yuccas Are Flowering Now

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow MinuteCredit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Right now, striking plants that are grown in many yards, and in cemeteries, and along roadsides are capturing our attention. Yuccas are tough, hardy plants that can persist for years and years without care and right now are blooming their hearts out. With flowering panicles that can be three feet by two feet and supported on stalks that can reach twelve feet in height, their masses of showy white blossoms top the charts for the WOW factor. I always think of yuccas as plants that belong in...

“Making it Grow” wins two Telly awards

Making It GrowCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) today announced that “Making it Grow,” the network’s weekly, live-interactive television program about gardening received two Telly awards when the list of winners was released on Monday. The show’s prescribed burn segment received a bronze award in the education category, and its holiday special received a bronze award in the information category. Now in its 40th year, the Telly Awards annually showcase the best work created within television and across video for all screens. Receiving more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states...

BloomFest Shows Off Glencairn Garden and Local Vendors

By RoseCatherine James

Glencairn GardenBloomFest at Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill, South Carolina, is preparing to help kick off spring on Saturday. The craft and garden festival has local vendors, family events, and for the first time food trucks. Falling on the same day as Kids to Park Day, the event doubles as a way to celebrate outdoor recreation. The festival began seven years ago as a fundraising opportunity for the garden but grew into a great community event, according to Parks, Recreation and Tourism Center Supervisor Katie Conley . Saturday’s festival is preceded by a garden party for friends and sponsors of Glencairn...

Roses in Bloom

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . A rose I thought was native that’s blooming now, I’ve always heard it called Cherokee Rose. Now I find out that this single white, high climbing rose, with the scientific name Rosa laevigata, is exotic, not native, and in some places considered invasive. Jonathan Windham, a specialist at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, who provides information on genetically modified organisms, is also a rose enthusiast. He has a collection of roses he is using for breeding purposes that includes roses that...

Rose Chores

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . One of my favorite visits last year was to Pat Henry’s beautiful home in Laurens. You can see this segment by searching Making It Grow/ YouTube/Pat Henry’s Rose Garden. Because of vole pressure, she forms a screen wire cage around each plant’s root ball before planting it. This fits in with her overall approach of growing roses without spending hours and hours fighting pests and diseases. The time-consuming chores she has are watering with hoses, she doesn’t have irrigation, and pruning. Although she plants...

Growing Roses with Minimal Pesticide Use

By Amanda McNulty

Making It Grow logoHello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Last year, team Making It Grow visited Pat Henry up near Laurens, SC. Pat is a world-renowned rosarian and partner at Roses Unlimited. She maintains a beautiful yard devoted to a half dozen small gardens devoted to those plants, watered by hand as she doesn’t have irrigation. Amazingly, she doesn’t spray for black spot or Japanese beetles. Due to restrictions on homeowners use of pesticides in Germany and a desire to develop improved rose varieties, the Kordes company in the 1990’s began seed trials to develop...

SC Plants for Spring Gardens

By Sean Flynn

Mill Creek GreenhousesLori Watson from Mill Creek Greenhouses in Columbia, SC visits us at "Making It Grow" and shares some of her favorite plants for Spring!

The SC Longleaf Common Garden Project

By Sean Flynn

Clemson Sandhills GardenClemson Extension Agent and Host of "Making It Grow" visits with Clemson Extension Agent TJ Savereno at the South Carolina Longleaf Common Garden located at the Sandhills Clemson Research and Education Center. This garden project is focused on a variety of native plants commonly found in the understories of longleaf pine forests. There are three main plant groups associated with longleaf ground cover. One is the group of legumes, which improve soil fertility and produce seeds that are high in protein and consumed by many species of wildlife. Second are native grasses, such as wire grass and...

The Sumter Farmers Market

By Sean Flynn

Sumter Farmers MarketThe Sumter Farmers Market is open from April 5 to November 22 from 1pm to 6pm on the campus of University of South Carolina Sumter!

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