Making It Grow

Places We Visited in 2011

1-4-11 A look back at some of our favorite segments! Featuring:
  Turf Connections, The Robert Mills House, A SC Taste, The Clemson Student Organic Farm, The Nut House, The Riverbanks Zoo Junior Master Gardener Program & The College of Charleston
1-11-11 Billy Roberts Nursery - Myrtle Beach, SC
1-18-11 The University of South Carolina Horseshoe - Columbia, SC
  Charleston Original Sauces
1-25-11 Mepkin Abbey - Moncks Corner, SC
  Dr. John Nelson
2-1-11 David Utterback - Myrtle Beach, SC
  Dr. Hope Mizzell
2-8-11 Biofuel Research from Clemson University
  Nancy & Christine's Gourmet Thousand Island Dressing
2-15-11 Spartanburg Community College (Propogation)
  Horticulturist Joan McDonald from the City of Charleston, SC
2-22-11 The Iron Galley - Bishopville, SC
  Clara Varga-Gonzales from Tiger Lilly promoting "Fine Art & Flowers"
3-1-11 Food Safety Research from Clemson University
  Nikki Weed from South Pleasantburg Nursery - Greenville, SC
3-8-11 NO SHOW
3-15-11 Manning Camellia Tea
  Stephanie Turner from Park Seed - Greenwood, SC
3-22-11 Heyward Haltiwanger - Chapin, SC
  Bush-N-Vine Farm - York, SC
3-29-11 Biodiesel Research from Clemson University
  Hilton Head Cookie Company - Hilton Head, SC
4-5-11 Unitarian Church
  Carolina's Harvest
4-12-11 The Avian Conservation Center - Awendaw, SC
  Artist Fran Burnett - Columbia, SC
4-19-11 Volney Allen's Bonzai - Cameron, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earthfare - Columbia, SC
4-26-11 No Show
5-3-11 Middleton Place - Charleston, SC
  Sherry Aultman talking about citrus trees
5-10-11 Granger McKoy's "Recovery" - Swan Lake Iris Garden in Sumter, SC
  Jackie Moore
5-17-11 Manning Farmer, Wagon Wheel Maker - Landrum, SC
  Steve Compton talking about the fly that attacks fire ants
5-24-11 Greenhouse Hydroponics - Swansea, SC
  Previewing The Iris festival
5-31-11 South Pleasantburg Nursery - Greenville, SC 
  Hudson Family Farm - Rowesville, SC
6-7-11 The SC Botanical Garden with Patrick McMillan
6-14-11 Po Pigs Bo-B-Q
6-21-11 City of Aiken Rain Gardens - Aiken, SC
6-28-11 Live at The Sumter Opera House!

Places We Visited in 2010

1-5-10 Perry Correctional Institution - Pelzer, SC
1-12-10 Willard Farms - Gable, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare
1-19-10 Long Branch Farm - Columbia, SC
  Carolina Parakeet, Inc - Columbia, SC
1-26-10 Invasive Aquatic Plants - Lake Marion, SC
2-2-10 St. Francis Community Garden - Greenville, SC
  Sally Hayes of Pryme Tyme Herbs - Florence, SC
2-9-10 River Falls Florist - Duncan, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare
2-16-10 Adluh Flour - Columbia, SC
  Dr. John Nelson live in the studio!
2-23-10 Jimmie Dinkins - Basket Maker
  Neita's Charleston Vinaigrettes & Marinades
3-2-10 South Carolina Landscape & Turfgrass Association Trade Show - Columbia, SC
  Southern Distinction
3-9-10 No Show
3-16-10 The SC state climatologist Hope Mizzell
  YMCA Camp Greenville
3-23-10 Reese's Plants - Blythewood, SC
  SCSFA - Williie's Hog Dust
3-30-10 Treehouse Nursery - Dalzell, SC
  Brent Ard from Forest Lake Greenhouses to show orchids
4-6-10 Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
  Sue Timmons from Simpson Hardware
4-13-10 The Clemson Student Organic Farm - Clemson, SC
  Amanda Holland with Allied Concrete
4-20-10 The SC Botanical Garden - Heirloom Garden
  SCSFA - David Roberts, David’s Secret Sauce from York, SC
4-27-10 4-H - Riverbanks Zoo & Garden - Columbia, SC
  State Climetologist Hope Mizzell live in the studio
5-4-10 Clayton Rawls Farm - Lexington, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare
5-11-10 Japanese Garden - Ballentine, SC
  "Snakes" with Joshua Castleberry - Central Carolina Technical College, SC
5-18-10 Lib Smith's Courtyard Garden at Covenant Place - Sumter, SC
  SCSFA - Island Coffee from Ravenel, SC
5-25-10 Old "McCaskill's" Farm - Rembert, SC
  Previewing the Iris Festival
6-1-10 McLeod Health Hospice Sensory Garden - Florence, SC
6-8-10 Geechie Boy Market & Mill - Edisto, SC
  Pearl Fryar in the studio.
6-15-10 Marcus Cook Farms - Grey Court, SC
  SC Climatologist Hope Mizzell in studio
6-22-10 Furman University Montage - Greenville, SC
  SCSFA with Jackie Moore - Home and Garden Classics - Spartanburg, SC
6-29-10 Furman University's Cliffs Cottage - Greenville, SC
  Prof. David Shields - Carolina Gold Rice Foundation
7-6-10 A look back at some of our favorite segments! Featuring:
  Jimmie Dinkins
  The Donkey and Mule Association
  Santee Cooper Aquatic Weed Managment
  The USC Vegetable Garden
  Botany Bay
  Scott's BBQ
7-13-10 A look back at some of our favorite segments! Featuring:
  Turf Connections
  The Robert Mills House
  A SC Taste
  The Clemson Student Organic Farm
  The Nut House
  The Riverbanks Zoo Junior Master Gardener Program
  The College of Charleston
7-20-10 Interview with National FFA President and SC FFA President
  The 2010 Sc Watermelon Queen Blair Boozer
7-27-10 A Sustainable House - Tigerville, SC
  SCSFA with Jackie Moore - Robin Rhea with Slather Brand Foods- Charleston, SC
8-3-10 Glencairn Garden - Rock Hill, SC
  Katie Giacalone from Carolina Clear
8-10-10 Covered Wagons and Dutch Oven Cooking - Spartanburg, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare
8-17-10 The 500th Episode!
  Rowland chats with co-creators Jim Barnard and Ed Sexauer
8-24-10 Cooper's Country Store - Salters, SC
  SCSFA with Jackie Moore - Blue Flour - Irmo, SC
8-31-10 Furman University's Asia Garden - Greenville, SC
9-7-10 SW Shumpert Milk - Leesville, SC
  Brent Ard from Forest Lake Greenhouses to show succulents
9-14-10 Chef Manigault LaVileille Maison - Greenville, SC
  Dr. John Nelson live in the studio!
9-21-10 Lisa B. Studios - Camden, SC
  SCSFA - Webb’s Products - Piedmont, SC
9-28-10 Edward Fort Nurseries - Hartsville, SC
  SCMMGA's " Garden Like a Master Garden "
10-5-10 September Oaks Vineyards - Ridgeland, SC
  SCSFA - Mother Shucker’s Original Cocktail Sauce - Columbia, SC
10-12-10 Hagood-Mauldin House - Pickens, SC
  Green Roof Outfitters
10-19-10 The Hagood Mill - Pickens, SC
  Clemson researcher Juang-Horng Chong on "scale"
10-26-10 Halloween Special with The Wizard of MIG
  Laurie Aker with Earth Fare creating healthy spooky snacks
11-2-10 The Spartanburg Community College Arboretum
  Naturalist Daniel Payne from Beaufort
11-9-10 The Fort Jackson Disabled Veterans' Garden - Columbia, SC
  SCSFA - Molly and Me Pecans, Holly Hill, SC
11-16-10 Highlights of the Midlands Plant & Flower Festival - The SC State Farmers Market
  John Nelson live in the studio
11-23-10 Aberdeen Catery - Camden, SC
  USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides and her cookbook "Greek Revival"
11-30-10 No Show
12-7-10 Special Taped Pledge Show
12-14-10 Forest Lake Greenhouses
  Jackie Moore with Kim Nelson of Daisy Cakes - Spartanburg, SC
12-21-10 Holiday Special - The James Island County Park Holiday Festival of Lights
12-28-10 A look back at some of our favorite segments! Featuring:
  Jimmie Dinkins Basket Maker, The Donkey and Mule Association, Santee Cooper Aquatic Weed Managment, The USC Vegetable Garden, Botany Bay & Scott's BBQ

Places We Visited in 2009

1-6-09 McKenzie Farms - Scranton, SC
1-13-09 Old Plantation - Coward, SC
  McArthurs Farms
1-20-09 Boykin Tree Farm - Boykin, SC
  Happy Tails
  South Carolina Specialty Foods Association
1-27-09 YMCA Camp Greenville - Greenville, SC
  Worm Castings
2-3-09 Native Plants with Dr. John Nelson - Columbia, SC
  Best of Seasons Restaurant
2-10-09 Valentines Special / Edible Arrangements - Sumter, SC
  Pryme Thyme Herbs
2-17-09 Bringing You Baskets - Lexington, SC
  DTV 2009
2-24-09 Vintage Wood Brick & More - Lexington, SC
  Native Tongue Gourmet Sauces
  South Carolina Specialty Foods Association
3-03-09 Frog Eye Forge - Sumter, SC
  Florence County Master Gardners
3-10-09 Hyman Vineyards - Conway, SC
  Waxing Camellias
3-24-09 The National Steeplechase Museum - Camden, SC
  South Carolina Specialty Foods Association
  Madjon Bakery
3-31-09 The River Room - Georgetown, SC
  Ghost Creek Gourd Farm
  South Carolina Gourd Society
4-7-09 Hawks and Horns - Summerton, SC
4-14-09 Creative Spark - Mt. Pleasant, SC
  Kalmia Gardens
4-21-09 Alan's Market - Lugoff, SC
  Outdoor Education Trail: Rural Heritage Celebration
4-28-09 Lowcountry Mulch - Mt. Pleasant, SC
  Callie's Charleston Biscuits
5-5-09 The SC Department of Agriculture - Seed Germination
  Pinkney Thompson and Community Supported Agriculture
5-12-09 Bonsai Gardening - North Myrtle Beach, SC
  Strawberries from McLeod Farms
5-19-09 The SC Department of Agriculture - Food Safety
  Future Farmers of America - McBee, SC
5-26-09 Heathwood Hall - Columbia, SC
  Leopard Forest Coffee
6-2-09 Charleston Sweet Onions - St. Mathews, SC
  Tom Tomato - Palmettovore
6-9-09 Repeat Show - Broadcast from the home of Pearl Fyrar - Bishopville, SC
6-16-09 No Show
6-23-09 Turf Connections - Cheraw, SC
  SC Market Maker
6-30-09 Repeat of the 400th Episode
7-7-09 The Robert Mills House Garden - Columbia, SC
7-14-09 Botany Bay - Edisto Island, SC
7-21-09 Strawberry Hill USA - Chesnee, SC
7-28-09 Donkey and Mule Association - Sumter, SC
  The 2009 SC Watermelon Queen - Summers Slaton
8-4-09 A South Carolina Taste - Columbia, SC
  SC Specialty Foods - May's Unique Vinaigrette
8-11-09 The Plantation Grill & The Plantation Course at Edisto - Edisto Island, SC
8-18-09 The College of Charleston - Charleston, SC
  McLeod Farms
8-25-09 Wannamaker Seeds (featuring Lupine) - St. Mathews, SC
  SC Specialty Foods Association - Screaminggood
9-1-09 Scott's BBQ - Hemingway, SC
  Dr.John Nelson Live In Studio
9-8-09 Eco-Art - Seneca, SC
  SCUSDA - Niles Glasgow
9-15-09 Chair Planters - Columbia, SC
  SC Specialty Foods Association - Dale's Lowcountry Cuisine
9-22-09 Earth Fare - Columbia, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare preparing organic meals
9-29-09 Adaptive Gardening - Columbia, SC
  Ronnie Floyd from DNR and member of the Waccamaw Indian People
10-6-09 Artichokes with Bobby McDonald
  CocoBon Chocolatier - Anderson, SC
10-13-09 USC Vegetable Garden - Columbia, SC
  Karen C. Hall, Ph.D with the The South Carolina Master Naturalist Program
10-20-09 Ghost Creek Gourds - Laurens, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare
11-3-09 "Reduce The Use" - Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, SC
  Billy Cate - Congaree Land Trust
11-10-09 Down to Earth Garden - Greenville, SC
  Andy Cabe - Winter Containers
11-17-09 USC Formal Garden with Amanda McNulty - Columbia, SC
  Ashley Summers from Golden Kernel Pecan
11-24-09 The Nut House - Ridge Spring, SC
  Laurie Aker from Earth Fare
12-8-09 The Best of Making It Grow!
12-15-09 Christmas Gift Ideas from The SC Department of Agriculture
12-22-09 The James Island County Park Holiday Festival of Lights (repeat)
12-29-09 A look back at some of our favorite segments! (repeat)

Places We Visited in 2008

1-08-08 Children's Garden - Greenville, SC

Team Making It Grow visits downtown Greenville, SC, the home of a Children’s Garden that was put together by Master Gardeners and volunteers in the upstate. Join us as we visit this fun, yet relaxing educational atmosphere.

1-15-08 SC Coastal Fair - Charleston, SC

Fairs in South Carolina offer South Carolinians lots of fun, fellowship, food, but there is also and educational aspect. Such is the case with the Coastal Carolina Fair located near Charleston, South Carolina. Team Making It Grow had the opportunity to visit the Costal Carolina Fair this past fall where we found a most unusual garden and some funny looking animals.

1-22-08 McKenzie Farms - Scranton, SC

It’s not Florida, it’s South Carolina! Roland Alston and Team Making It Grow had the chance to visit with Stan McKenzie, which is now better known throughout the Palmetto State as the citrus man. Join us as we visit the largest citrus grower in South Carolina.

1-29-08 Charleston Garden Festival - Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

If you are looking for a big horticultural event to attend each year you need not look any further than Charleston, South Carolina. Team Making It Grow had the opportunity to visit the Charleston Garden Festival this fall. It’s a gardening extravaganza where you can learn about gardening, different types of gardens, plants, along with excellent seminars.

2-05-08 Maple Ridge Farm - Canadys, SC Team Making It Grow along with Amanda McNulty visit Maple Ridge Farm, where you can pick you own fruit. These backyard fruits are excellent, so join us as we visit Maple Ridge Farm
2-12-08 Ozzies - Sumter, SC

The rose is probably the most recognizable and symbolic plant that we grow in the United States. There is a major football bowl game named after it, and on Mother’s Day we honor that special parent with it, but Valentine’s Day is the day in which the rose lives in infamy. Team Making It Grow visited Ozzie, a florist in Sumter, SC, who gave us some good advice about this beautiful flower.

2-19-08 Falls Park Bridge - Greenville, SC

One of the most attractive sites to behold in the Palmetto State lies along the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina. Falls Park on the Reedy is the home to a relaxing garden and a most magnificent bridge. Team Making It Grow visits Falls Park on the Reedy and explores its history, beauty, and unrivaled bridge.

2-26-08 Shea Essentials - Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

Team Making It Grow explores Shea Essentials, which takes a plant that is grown in Africa, and turns it into butter. Shea butter is used for washing hands and numerous other purposes. Don’t miss out on this cleansing experience.

3-18-08 Longview Plantation - Cameron, SC

South Carolinians enjoy food as well preparing food and recipes. Team “Making It Grow!” had the opportunity to visit an old plantation in Calhoun County, SC. There we learned about the history, as well as spending time with a retired farmer who showed us how to make artichoke relish that is good on ham, pork, and other dishes on the table.

3-25-08 Pie Safes - Norway, SC

Join “Team Making It Grow!” as we visit Charlie Brown in the Bolentown Community of South Carolina. Charlie is making old timey pie safes that seem to take you back to an earlier day. Pie safes were used to store different foods and products in, but Charlie Brown is making them where they look like a beautiful piece of furniture.

4-01-08 Anything Grows Plantation - Sumter, SC  
4-08-08 Broom Maker - Spartanburg, SC  
4-15-08 Ovis Hill Farm - Timmonsville, SC

Ovis Hill Farms, located in Darlington County, outside Timmonsville, SC,  is diverse with lots of things growing around the farm.  They also have a lot of things growing organically, as well as strong educational emphasis for visiting school children.

4-22-08 Everett White - Artist in Sullivan's Island, SC

Team “Making it Grow” had the opportunity to visit an artist who picks up yard debris, such as the fallen frans from a palm tree, and shapes and paints them for his beautiful artistic creations. Everett White shows us some of his palm fran masterpieces. 

5-06-08 Art Of Woodwork and Design Charleston - Charleston, SC

Many South Carolinians get excited when you can take wood and make it into some interesting objects, especially boats. Team “Making It Grow!” had the opportunity to travel down to Charleston , South Carolina and meet a true artist that takes some South Carolina cedar and turns it into absolutely beautiful fishing boats.

5-13-08 The 400th episode of "Making it Grow!"  
5-20-08 Live from topiart artist Pearl Fryar's house - Bishopville, SC  
5-27-08 GreenSpirit Hydrogardens - Charleston, SC  
6-03-08 J & W Plants - Timmonsville, SC

Team “Making It Grow!” caught up with one of Roland’s former classmates at Clemson University right outside of Lamar, SC.  Al Jeffords is a retired Ag teacher from Lamar, and now he and a friend have delved into the Greenhouse business.  Al is growing tomatoes, ornamentals, and some other plants.  They are really doing a fantastic job.

6-10-08 Parsons Nursery - Georgetown, SC

The commercial horticultural industry in SC is alive and well.  All you have to do is go to Georgetown County just south of Georgetown on historic highway 17.  Team “Making It Grow!” had the opportunity to visit one of our large commercial nurseries, Parson’s Nursery.  Not only do they have healthy plants, they have a little bit of everything.

6-17-08 Asya's Organic Farm - Sumter, SC  
6-24-08 The Seibels House - Columbia, SC  
7-08-08 Hopsewee - Georgetown, SC  
7-15-08 J.D. Wiles - Fort Motte, SC  
7-22-08 Johnnie Brisbon - Columbia, SC  
7-29-08 Ovis Hill Farm - Timmonsville, SC

Ovis Hill Farms, located in Darlington County, outside Timmonsville, SC,  is diverse with lots of things growing around the farm.  They also have a lot of things growing organically, as well as strong educational emphasis for visiting school children.

8-05-08 Aquatic Weeds - Georgetown, SC  
8-12-08 Farmers' Festival - Lake City, SC  
8-19-08 Beach Vitex - Georgetown, SC  
8-26-08 McCabe's Bar-B-Q - Manning, SC  
9-02-08 TCA Fish - Newberry, SC  
9-16-09 The Cove - Sumter, SC  
9-23-08 Wofford College - Spartanburg, SC  
9-30-08 Hopkins Family Farm - Greenville, SC  
10-7-08 The SC Governor's Mansion - Columbia, SC  
10-14-08 The SC State Fair - Columbia, SC  
10-21-08 The SC Memorial Garden - Columbia, SC  
11-18-08 The Mauldin Cultural Center - Mauldin, SC  
11-25-08 Thanksgiving Special  
12-9-08 Hosted by Amanda McNulty  
12-23-08 Holiday Special  

Places We Visited in 2007

11-6-07 Hyams Garden and Accent Store, Charleston SC

There are gardening centers that specialize in certain types of plant material. Then, there are garden centers that specialize in just about everything for the home landscape. Such is the case for Hyams Garden and Accent Store located on James Island, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Join Roland Alston and Team Making It Grow as they visit with George Hyams, a former Clemson football player, and owner of Hyams Garden and Accent Store.

11-13-07 Morris Private Garden, Greenville, SC

Team Making It Grow had the chance to visit John Morris in Greenville, SC, where he not only has a formal garden he has a lot of fun with his garden.  John shares of how you can make any garden look appealing while incorporating some aspects of fun.

11-20-07 Thanksgiving Special

Team “Making It Grow!” had the opportunity to visit one of the largest turkey farms in South Carolina. We found out about the turkeys and their expensive feed bill. We also had the chance to eat a delicious Thanksgiving dinner by a local caterer around Camden, South Carolina.   This is one Thanksgiving Dinner you don’t want to miss.

10-23-07 Ghost Creek Gourds - Laurens, SC

Roland Alston visits a large 14 acre gourd farm near Laurens, SC. Ghost Creek Gourds is one of the largest gourd farms in South Carolina, growing a wide variety of different shapes and sizes of gourds right here in the Palmetto State.

10-16-07 SC State Fair - Columbia, SC

The South Carolina State Fair is well known for its delicious food and its abundance of rides, but it’s also an educational event for all South Carolinians. Roland, Amanda, and Debbie take us to the Ellison Building, and for those who are interested in horticulture you will see why it’s educational in nature.

10-9-07 Black River Tools (Bird Houses)- Manning, SC

Team Making It Grow visits Black River Tools a family enterprise just outside of Manning, South Carolina which has come up with wonderful ways to make bird houses that can add beauty to your yard and feed our feathered friends.

10-2-07 Mount Vintage - North Augusta, SC

Roland Alston and Team Making It Grow visit Mount Vintage in Edgefield County, which is known for giving South Carolina ten governors, and their tremendous amount of history and gardening. Following along with a current trend, Mount Vintage has taken an old plantation and turned it into a golf course and resort area. Join us as we explore the beautiful landscaping of this historic resort area.

9- 18-07 Werowinski's Private Garden - Charleston,SC

Team Making It Grow visits James Island, SC, where Roxanne Werowinski makes a difference in the Palmetto State by not only gardening in her own yard, but also on public land by landscaping the right away. Showing how an individual gardener can make a difference in their community.

9-11-07 Nelson Smith's Private Garden - Greenwood, SC

The MIG Team wants to prove that gardening does have sentimental reasons for the gardeners who tend to them and this episodes guest is no exception. Rowland Alston visits Nelson Smith in Greenwood,SC. Alston discovers that old logs make great centerpieces for gardens and with every unique item in a garden there almost certainly is a unique story to go along with the item. Alston knows this and asks Smith to elaborate on that back-story. He does and said that he begged a friend to let him have the log and he did. The next step was accenting the log so Smith preceded to accent the log with Black Eyed Susan, hastas and some Begonias but that is not all there is a creepy alligator. Smith calls his Hasta Garden Shade Garden his “air conditioner in the morning.” If one visits Smith’s garden one will see circles for a reason because Smith has a large Plenum bush that rounded out quite nicely into a circular shape. Do you like containers to showcase your plants in? Well, if you do you are not alone because Smith does too! Please be aware that you will have to water the plants everyday in the containers even though it is a hard job.


The Dunes Golf Course - Myrtle Beach, SC

The host of “Making It Grow” Rowland Alston visits The Dunes Golf Course of Myrtle Beach, SC. Rowland Alston speaks with Steve Hamilton, Golf Course Superintendent of The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Alston and Hamilton discuss the fact that the golf course is the second oldest golf course in The Grand Strand area. It was built in 1948.The oldest was built in 1927. Golfers who like the sight of water when they are golfing are in luck because The Dunes Golf Course features the lovely view of The Singleton Swash, which leads out into the ocean. Hamilton also reveals that the staff at The Dunes Golf Course try to copy the grasses found in the swash itself and bring them inward closer to the golf course. The MIG Team wants to know more about how to manage a golf course therefore Alston asks about many different processes. There is a putting grass that can withstand massive amounts of sodium and Hamilton goes on to explain the history behind the putting grass. He says that the putting grass is Seashore Pass Pallum, which is becoming more popular with today’s golfers and the golf industry. Hamilton has the understanding that the greens were brought over on slave ships. The slaves kicked the grass onto the beaches and it thrived near saltwater. This golf course is as clever as a fox. This golf course has many animal foxes in their dens.

8-21-07 Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories - Charlotte, NC

Did you ever wish to know about the growth and development of trees? The MIG team did as well so Rowland Alston paid a visit to The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC. Alston talks with owner Robert Bartlett about the pride of this business being a family run business. To the family’s dismay they can not take pride in the fact that the Bartlett pear was named after them because it was not. The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories have a very well rounded staff six of the employees have P.H.D’s,, four of which work in Charlotte, NC, and several are HM professors at Clemson University. Alston also talks with Dr. Thomas Smiley is a researcher for Bartlett Tree Laboratories. Smiley and Alston got to the root of homeowners’ questions.

8-14-07 Tidewater Golf Course - N. Myrtle Beach, SC Rowland Alston of “Making It Grow” fame wants to visit a place that is caught like a sleeping giant between an inter-coastal waterway Cherrygrove offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and pleasure. Shaun Donahue, the golf superintendent of Tidewater Golf Club and plantation in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Standing on the 3rd tee is a golfer’s delight because a golfer can see the marsh located at Cherrygrove. Donahue and Alston also discuss types of grass found on the golfers’ course. The viewers and Alston discover that two different types of genetically bred grass are used.
8-7-07 Rose Banks Farm - Charleston, SC

Team MIG visits with an old gardening friend Sidi Limehouse of Rosebank Farms in the mid-90’s and they back again to discuss the expansion of the farm, which located in Charleston, SC. The expansion deals with having over 2,000 types of plants and Limehouse may not have rosy cheeks but that is fine because has several different types of roses to make up for this fact The Walnut Hill School and Museum may be found behind the farms. It has great history that a tie in nicely with farm itself and with Low Country S.C. Alston asks Limehouse to explain the history further. Limehouse says that the school was built in 1860 that Limehouse rescued and now it is a museum telling people about John’s Island. What is missing one might ask? Well, nothing except the chickens, roosters, and goats. Do not worry Limehose has thought of that as well. He has chickens, roosters and goats.

7- 24-07

Marie Land's Garden - Manning, SC

“Making It Grow” has always wanted to relate the show to everyday viewers like yourselves so to bring home the down-home message of the show. Rowland Alston visits Master Gardener Marie Land in Manning S.C. When visiting her garden one can only say that she has a little bit of everything. Here are some spectacular facts about this residential house and a South Carolina history lesson at the same time. In 1995 the SC State house were uprooting some trees of the SC State House. The SC State Hose said that they would give the trees to any SC resident who would paid to get the trees of state house grounds and Land being the true plant lover that she is said that she would pay. She now has SC State House trees on her property and Land gives dedication to them. Alston marvels at this fact. This garden is a family affair because Land’s son crafted the entrance gates to her garden. Fish ponds are coming back at to Marie Land because has one. In addition to the many mystical features in Land’s garden there is a “secret garden” where fairies can be found. You may also put a penny in a jar to see a very pretty and ever-changing picture show!


Seven Oaks Plant Shop - Columbia, SC Owner Douglas Hull of Seven Oaks Pant Shop in Columbia S.C is very proud of the selection he offers the families of South Carolina but even prouder when Rowland Alston drops in for a visit to discuss just what type of selection they actually offer. Alston was first in admiration with how the shop is divided into places of sun-loving and shade-loving and shade-loving plants. The Seven Oaks Plant Shop has several novelty items such as the “bag of blooms” and I hope you love your veggies as well because The Seven Oaks Plant Shop has specialty veggie plants as well such as pepper plants. An episode recap this shop believes in having a wide selection of plants to complement S.C family Even Rowland Alston is impressed with the type of selection!
6-26-07 Brunson Wholesale Nursery - Alcolu, SC Have you had any bad dreams lately? Well, no worries because the MIG Team, which is headed by Rowland Alston is here to ease his faithful followers’ troubled minds! He visits with Jon Brunson owner of the Brunson Wholesale Nursery in Alcolu S.C to discuss the many solutions to his viewers’ many gardening woos Among the various topics Brunson and Alston discuss is the reasoning behind The Oak Leaf Holly. This pushes Brunson to explain that the holly plant has a leaf similar too the oak tree. The regret for this show is the same regret Alston has for every show. He did not have enough time to cover everything that needs to be covered.
6-19-07 Richburg Farms - Manning, SC Real-life experience comes to schoolchildren thanks to Linda Richburg of Richburg Farms in Manning S.C. She is also is head of The Manning Early Childhood Center as well. This is why she gets schoolchildren involved in the strawberry picking at her farm. Rowland Alston, the host of MIG, joins her have a very berry good time. Richburg says that the experience of picking a strawberry, working hard for it, and eating the strawberry will be an experience that the children will not soon forget. Alston agrees. He wants to act like a four- year- old and eat strawberries. He did not even need Cool Whip!
6-12-07 Embassy Suites - Columbia, SC; SC FFA Check it out! Roland Alston goes the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia S.C because a little birdie told him that the plant presentations are beautiful While at Embassy Suites Alston met with Steve Graves, the General Manager of The Embassy Suites Hotel. These presentations are just on the inside of the hotel, which is even more intriguing for guests because the guests love to watch the plants get taken care of. Alston thought of this aspect and talks to Scott Blackwell of A Oak Farms in Greer S.C. This company takes care of the plants and it was Alston job to find out how. A Oak Farms specialize in tropical plants. Could this be true? Could plants act as a natural cleaning machine for hotel carpets and hotel air? So long housekeeping !
5-29-07 Charles WIlliams - McLellanville SC

Team MIG wants to experience the water with an extraordinary art form. Alston talks to Charles Williams a Gullah Artist in Mclellanville S.C. Williams makes cast nets. Alston wants to admire the brilliant craftsmanship of how the nets are put together piece by piece. There are big nets and small nets for as Williams humorously points out small fishermen at small ponds who catch small fish.

5-22-07 Road Show from Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, SC

Team “Making It Grow!” had the opportunity to visit Hopeland Gardens in Aiken , SC. Hopeland Gardens is a 14 acre retirement community which has gardens that offer an escape from your overly busy day.  This is a special segment from the ETV Roadshow.  Don’t miss it!

5-15-07 Jarrett's Jungle - West Columbia, SC Speaking of taking a vacation on this week’s episode Rowland Alston visits a place that is very out of ordinary for West Columbia S.C called Jarrett’s Jungle. Jaclyn Macaulay and she said that orchards create big business but not only does Jarrett’s Jungle focus on flowering plants they also focus on citrus growing plants. This show features a two pound lemon that could quite possibly make 10 gallons of tea sour as Alston says. The jungle is moving towards some specialty items known as the European Flower Baskets. To continue with the cultured theme of the segment Alston discusses that the Japanese flowers offered. Macaulay also loves animals because she has a LoveBird and cats. She has them in her place of work.
5-8-07 Victoria Valley Vineyards - Cleveland, SC

The wine industry is growing in S.C and Rowland Alston host of making “Making It Grow” knows this fact but to investigate just how much the industry is indeed growing Rowland Alston visits Les Jayne of Victoria Valley Vineyards in Cleveland S.C. I trick you bet you thought I was going to say Cleveland Ohio. Jayne that says for his vineyard he says he uses bunch grapes instead of the typical muskadine grapes. Jayne believes that wine.tasting should be a joy for the palette and that a bunch grape produces that joy because one gets a combination of flavors such as a musty apple and a pear overlay. The vineyard takes great pride in their personal wines and to establish the unique taste of the wine the wine must stay in the barrel for nearly or two years. The wine is not the only that looks good at the vineyard the outside and inside has a European feel. Take us away!

5-1-07 Waccamaw Farms - Pawleys Island, SC Team MIG visits Waccawmaw Farms in Pawleys Island S.C, not for a vacation mind you but because Rowland Alston wants to see a multi-functional garden center in action and to do so he visits Jean Crouch Rothrock of Waccamaw Farms. She says their garden center is a one-stop shop for garden supplies and garden plants. The staff as said by Rothrock is friendly. Is anybody starting to pick up on a recurring theme Waccawmaw Farms also has a centering water fountain in their garden. The garden center is there to help people and their guests as part of their coastal experience know the requirements for the one can buy there. Waccamaw Farms also delivers. Look out! Do you see the color of rusty red? That is their pickup truck!


St. Timothy's Garden - Columbia, SC The St. Timothy Church in downtown Columbia specializes in having a quiet garden and to the concept of having a quiet garden in downtown Columbia The MIG Team talks to a member of St. Timothy’s Church Amy Moore and she says that members wanted to create a peaceful place for people to escape their busy lives. The members choose small plants for purposes of small spaces. The fountain that centers the garden drowns out the sounds of the city. Alston enjoyed it.
4-17-07 Woodcreek Farms Nursery - Elgin Who says that gardening can not stay in the family? At The Woodcreek Farms Nursery in Elgin S.C the trade of gardening has been passed down through generations. Rowland Alston spends the day with Robert Cooper owner of The Woodcreek Farms Nursery has in operation since 1981 and first owner of the nursery was Cooper’s father. Among the various topics discussed by Cooper and Alston were which should more sun and which plats should more shade?
4-10-07 Tiger Lily Florist - Charleston, SC

Gardeners take pride in the seeds sow and florists take pride in the flowers they cut. The Tiger Lilly Florist in Charleston S.C owned and operated by Manny and Clara Gonzales is no different. The MIG Team wanted to see first hand the effectiveness of running a great and respected flower shop. The Gonzales won second runner in Florist Review Magazine for Florist of the Year. They tell Rowland Alston that for weddings and business events tropical themes are in so next time you ever need bamboo visit The Tiger Lilly Florist!

4-3-07 Diane Nodine's Private Garden - Greer, SC This show is featuring a lady with a green thumb name Dianne Nodine Of Greer S.C. Rowland Alston visits Nodine to discuss how a garden still look beautiful in the bitter cold and for any season year round. Nodine reveals that winter is her favorite season of all. This fact pushes Nodine to show Alston holly berries on braches. She says you must go along with and listen to the structure of the season to create the perfect design for your garden.
3-27-07 Boykin Tree Farm - Boykin, SC The host of “Making It Grow” Rowland Alston acknowledges the desire for great home landscaping is growing by leaps and bounds in S.C. so he visits Alan Wooten owner of Boykin Tree Farm in Boykin S.C. Wooten has an s maple tree secret they are grown by known as graphing. You must prune your trees this is important to growing beautiful trees. This tip is coming from a man that grows the trees for the Boykin Country Christmas Parade. Wooten has also every tree for every landscape!
02-27-07 Irvin House Vineyards - Wadmawlaw, SC Move over California Wadmawlaw S.C is now joining in the wine business! Rowland Alston visits Jim Irvin of Irvin House Vineyards to investigate this new prospect. Irvin has a medical condition that does not allow him to drink regular kinds of wine. Well, he was determined to drink a glass of wine and needless to say that dream snowball into a full-time business that Irvin takes great pride in. He only uses top-quality Muscadine grapes. As the day went on and the conversion with Rowland Alston continued Irvin let Alston know what wine is his greatest pride and joy. It is a bit of southern sprit and a Hurricane Wine Flavored Vodka named “Firefly.”
02-20-07 Medicine Wheel Garden - Columbia, SC Is anybody out there sick? If anybody is take Rowland Alston lead and please visit Margaret Self at her Medicine Wheel Garden in Columbia S.C. Self explains the symbolism of the wheel in the middle of her garden. She says the wheel symbolizes the circle of life and that quartz crystal which is in the wheel is healing when in the ground. . Self makes this disclaimer before she explains the uses of the plants in her garden that she is not a doctor and because of time constraints details could not be given but more details of the uses the plants as medicine you may reach Self at this number (803)551-1191. Margaret loves to talk about her plants!
02-13-07 Garden of Faith - Lexington, SC

Team MIG rides over to Lexington to visit Erma Izard of Lexington Church of Christ to examine how their members incorporate their faith into a garden in front of the church. Izard explains why faith and gardening go hand in hand. She says the members of the church including her get to put their belief systems into action. The members want to create a welcoming environment. Rowland Alston admires the landscaping and the beautiful mixture of plants. The landscaping includes a water fountain and rocks. Alston points out an important part of the church which is the location the church on a wetland. Enjoy the landscaping and butterflies!

02-06-07 Trellises - Elgin, SC A professional baseball player now makes trellises This man goes by the name of Don Dillard now since there is a world of difference between baseball and making trellises Rowland Alston of “Making It Grow” fame visits him to find out what made Dillard interested in his current craft and what plant best grow on trellises. Dillard says a man in Anderson also makes trellises and Dillard asked if he could copy him because he loves working with his hands. Dillard and Alston continue their conversion with plants that best grow on trellises and honeysuckle is the best.
01-30-07 "Painting with Trees" - Boykin, SC Rowland Alston wants to learn about planting trees and painting with trees so he decides to visit a former lawyer in Boykin S.C who has some exotic plants. Alston admits that Rigdon Boykin’s way of gardening is quite different. Boykin explains he saw the Gotelli Collection a huge collection of evergreens and he got the idea of planting trees. The idea of planting trees is most common in Oregon and is where Boykin gets his trees. What do trees need most- water so to help with this aspect of planting trees Boykin brings in Tommy Marshall of Camden Landscaping in Camden S.C to take care of an elaborate watering system. Alston is intrigued and asks Marshall to better explain how the system works.
Kudzu Control - Spartanburg, SC

The MIG team visits Spartanburg S.C and the kudzu farm to join the fight for kudzu control by visiting Newt Hardie kudzu college and experiment station in order to show the public that kudzu is a major problem for their garden Since kudzu control is not well-known problem with a well-known solution in the world of gardening Rowland Alston questions with hard hitting questions to the long awaited answers and some disturbing yet hopeful facts. Alston’s only regret in his mission against kudzu is his lack of time to teach his viewers more.

01-16-07 Sawmill - Boykin, SC  
01-09-07 TBA - Georgetown  
01-02-07 The International Garden Flower Festival

Rowland Alston discusses the wonder that is wood and certainly it is a passion and a hobby of Alan Wooten’s who owns Boykin Tree Farm in Boykin S.C. Wooten gets to the heart of the heart of the matter when he looks inside a log of wood. Wooten’s wife as explained by Wooten himself says he would rather spend the whole day with wood than spend the whole day golfing because of Wooten’s strong passion Alston seemingly enjoys delving into how a typical sawmill runs.


Places We Visited in 2006

12-26-06 The National Heritage Garden Tour  
12-19-06 Boykin and Edisto Holiday Parades  
12-12-06 Holliday Special
12-05-06 no show (Festival)  
11-28-06 no show (Festival)  
11-21-06 Thanksgiving Special  
Broadcast from Wofford College - Spartanburg, SC  
11-07-06 no show (Election Night)  
10-31-06 Halloween Special International artists from Estonia and France join Amanda on this Halloween special showcasing their skills at pumpkin carving
10-24-06 no show (ETV Special)  
10-17-06 SC State Fair - Columbia, SC

A day of fun at the State Fair intertwines with Roland Alstone visiting Tony Barfield of Barfield Landscaping. The Ellison buildings on the fairgrounds brought in several sculputers from Brookgreen Garden and Tony Barfield has done some of his fine work in arranging the pieces and gardens in the building.

10-10-06 American Tea Plantation - Wadmalaw, SC Team Making It Grow had the oppurtunity to visit the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadamalaw Island. The Team found out that tea has alot of history right here in Sourth Carolina. We spoke with Bill Hall about the history of tea and the complicated process of how the tea leaves end up in mashed in your boiling water at home.
10-03-06 Charleston Place ( Floral Arrangements) - Charleston, SC Travellig back to Charleston we found ourselves again at the beautiful hotel, The Charleston Place. Roland Alston discussed with Ty Leslie about the hundreds of flowers arrangements throughout the hotel. Ty Leslie also talks about the unique restaurants located in the hotel and how the flowers help make these restaurants unique.
9-26-06 Fitco Nursery - Bishopville, SC

Well if it's got fur or if it's got feathers we are sure you can find just what you are looking for at Fitco Farm in Darling County, South Carolina. Ms. Alice Fitzwater was kind enough to let the MIG Team come and tour her farm and what a tour it was.

Full Circle Farm - John's Island, SC

Team Making It Grow made a terrific trip to Cindy's Seafod & Country Market on John's Island. The store prides itself in the production of organic vegetables and local seafood. Henry Sawyer talked to us about why they produce organic vegetables, sell organic condiments and serve organic meals.

9-12-06 Charleston Place - (Patio Garden) - Charleston, SC

A hotel down in Charleston which really needs on introduction is The Charleston Place. The hotel's spacious rooms, fine foods and friendly atmosphere complient Charleton's hot and humid weather making the hotel's courtyard a perfect place to grow a tropical garden. Team Making It Grow had an oppurtunity to go visit and chat with Beverly Rivers who is in charge of the garden's upkeep.

9-5-06 Yon Farms - Ridge Spring, SC

Family farms throughout the United States are on a decline. But in Saluda County there is a family thriving with their very own beef cattle farm. We visited Yon Farms just outside Ridge Spring South Carolina and spoke with the First Lady of the farm, Lydia Yon. We found out about the family's angus cows, feedings systems, electric fencing and about her children's involvement with the animals.

Dr. Rollings - Saluda, SC When people tell you something can not be done that is a perfectly good reason to try and do it. Dr. Bob Rollings grows a garden full of Rodundras(SP?) in Saluda, South Carolina when many said that it could not be done. Roland finds out exactly how Dr. Rollings gets this pretty flower to grow where it is not supposed to.
8-22-06 Mendel Lyles' Private Garden - Hartsville, SC The unforgiving heat of our South Carolina summers encouraged Rowland Alston and the rest of Team Making It Grow to travel to Hartsville where Mendel Wyle owns and cares for a water garden. Once there Rowland and Mendel investigate the various plants, discuss Mendel's filtration systems, enjoy cool shade from the plants and the tranquility of moving water.
8-15-06 Habitat for Humanity - Sumter, SC

Volunteers in SC make a big difference, whether they are a Master Gardener in the Clemson Extension Office answering horticultural questions, or if they are working for Habitat for Humanity building homes for the disadvantaged and needing in the Palmetto State.  It is really a site to see when these two organizations’ volunteers come together.  Team “Making It Grow!” found such a location in Sumter, South Carolina, and not only did they have local volunteers, they brought down some students from right around the Canadian line.

Robertson's Photography - Greenville, SC  
8-01-06 Amanda McNulty with Corn  
7-25-06 Rena's Kitchen - Summerville, SC

- Rina's Kitchen is full of jams, jellies and wonderful relishes. Rina Palmer is an Italian born South Carolinian who immigrated to United States in 1957. Rina now owns her own store in Summerville. Rowland pays her a visit and listens as she tells her wonderful tale of getting started and just how much work goes into making her products.

7-18-06 Garden House - Simpsonville, SC Why does a Marine Colognal(SP?) with thirty four years active duty come to Simpsonville, South Carolina and open up a bed and breakfast? Rowland Alston finds out why in his interview with Roy Shelton, owner of The Garden House. Rowland also meets with his old friend, Durant Ashmore, who designed the gardens around the beautiful house.
Durant Ashmore Landscaping Nursery I- Greenville, SC Team Making It Grow jumped in the MIG mobile, travelled to Greenville and visited with Durant Ashmore at his nursery, Durant Ashmore Landscape Nursery. Durant showed team MIG around his nursery and discussed the various plants and trees on the nursery and told us why he likes to use paricular plants in his landscape projects
7-04-06 Best of MIG!  
Mepkin Abbey - Moncks Corner, SC Mepkin Abbey has a general store which shows South Carolina products at their best. Located in Berkley County the abbey is home to twenty four trappist monks who sell various food items, pottery and art. Team Making It Grow visits with the monks as they inform us about the wonderful products in their store.
Alan's Market - Lugoff, SC

Lugoff is home to Alan Schneck and his plant farm, Alan's Market. Rowland Alston drops in and talks with Alan about his ferns, tomatoes and Alan's very own fresh squeezed oarnge juice.

Stafford's Farm - Sumter, SC Everybody loves straberries. Rowland Alston visits Robby Stafford at Stafford's Farm in Sumter County. Rowland and Robby explore the beautiful strawberry fields and learn helpful information about picking the best strawberries.
6-06-06 Hosted by Amanda McNulty! Amanda McNulty visits with Charlie Holmes, who works with the Sumter City-County Planning Commission, as they discuss a new Park in Sumter that has some very old Live Oak trees
Roper Mountain Butterfly Garden - Greenville, SC Team Making It Grow visits the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville County.  Rowland Alston visits the  Butterfly Garden at the Center.  This butterfly garden is for children and the whole family with trails and ponds
5-23-06 F. Brian Smith's last show!

F. Brian Smith visits Ashville, NC, once again at the Richmond Hill in to discuss beautiful common and uncommon plants to put around the home landscape.

Swan Lake Iris Garden - Sumter, SC  

SC Live in Beaufort, SC

The Herb Garden - Lamar, SC  
Mac's Pride Antique Museum - McBee, SC  
The Clemson University Greenhouse Complex II- Clemson, SC We visited with Dr. Jim Faust from Clemson University and we took a tour of their state-of-the-art greenhouses where he showed us how they were making advances in propagating plants
Fowler's Forge - Seneca, SC Fowler up in Seneca South Carolina, Turns Cabled Steel and other metels into Knives, axes and horseshoes.
Amerson's Nursery - Lamar, SC Chris Amerson has a variaty of plants at his nursery, from dwarf nandina's to ferns and comelias
Big's Meats & More - McBee, SC and Downtown Lamar, SC Located on MacLeod Farms in McBee, SC, this sandwich shop/deli/meat market has everything you need for lunch and dinner. They also make casseroles from award winning recipes that are out of this world.
3-7-06 The Clemson University Greenhouse Complex I- Clemson, SC We visited with Dr. Jim Faust from Clemson University and we took a tour of their state-of-the-art greenhouses where he showed us how they were making advances in propagating plants
2-28-06 JWH Industries Inc. - Florence SC & The Weavers' Nook - Columbia, SC Call him a livestock producer, of sorts. His "herd" numbers in the countless millions, all earthworms. They are the heart of James' business, which is the conversion of horse, hog and chicken manure into worm compost.
Dori Sanders - Filbert, SC & Eddy Williams - Travelers Rest, SC Dori Sanders was raised on a Clover, SC, peach farm -- which she still runs, along with her brother -- and is the author of two novels (Clover, Her Own Place) and Dori Sanders' Country Cooking, a collection of recipes and reminiscences from the farm.
2-14-06 The Gullah O'oman Shop - Pawleys Island, SC & George and Pink Roadside Market - Edisto Island, SC On Edisto Island, S.C. George and Pink's Roadside Market has providing fresh produce for generations. Anyone who travels to Edisto Island always stops by this family owned business and visits with George and Pink.

Pearl Fryar - Bishopville, SC

Philip Simmons - Charleston, SC

Pearl Fryar's is a nationally known Topiary Garden. He is a self-taught topiary artist and has shared his skill and artistry with audiences on four continents. Although you can walk through the garden alone, Mr. Fryar is a wonderful guide with interesting insights and stories to complement his garden.
Edisto Land Trust - Edisto Island, SC This Land Trust provides leadership for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the natural beauty and scenic vistas of Edisto Island
The I-95 Memorial Garden - Santee, SC These gardens at the Santee I-95 rest areas, were designed and created to serve as a memorial to 9/11.
The Post Office Resturaunt - Edisto Island, SC This restaurant both features great cuisine from SC products, but also has its own award winning garden.
I-95 Beautification- Santee, SC Rowland Alston takes a look at the gardens designed to beautify the I-95 exits at Santee.

Places We Visited in 2005

South Carolina Artisan Center  
11-22-05 Amanda Decorating for Thanksgiving

Rowland Alston talks with Clemson Agent, Amanda McNultly and they discuss southern decorating for the Thanksgiving Holiday.   She uses a variety of fruits and vegetables to create a nice centerpiece.


Cathy's Garden

Rowland visits with Cathy Penson at Lake Wylie SC.   Cathy has developed a wheel chair accessible garden open to the public.  She gives Rowland a tour of the garden and provides some useful gardening tips.

Ried Sisters  
09-27-05 NRCS

Rowland Alston visits with Bruce Knight who is the chief of the National Resource Conservation Service.  They discuss the new grassland Reserve program.  The purpose of the Grassland Reserve Program is to keep land and native grasses and to preserve land for many generations to come.

Pati English Baskets

Rowland Alston visits with Pati English to discusses how to make cane bottom chairs and baskets.  Pati is trying to preserve history and to educate people and pass the art onto the next generation.

09-13-05 Sports Turf Management

Team Making IT Grow visits with sports turf management expert, Alan Wilson with Wilson and Associates. They discuss correct fertilization practices and controlling weeds properly.

Oakview Elementary

Rowland Alston visits Oakview elementary to discuss their Butterfly Garden.  Oakview Elementary along with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation have a program where the kids in school grow plants and learn how to preserve natural habitats.

McLeod Farms

Team Making It Grow visits McLeod Farms in McBee, SC.  Rowland Alston visits with Gaie McLeod to discuss to uses and the different products that can be made from peaches, such as peach salsa, peach barbeque sauce, and peach bread.

08-16-05 Oaklyn Plantation

Team Making It Grow goes to visit a land grant farm in Darlington county to speak with Ben Williamson as they talk about the wide variety of trees on the farm


SC Gov. Mansion

Rowland Alston visits the historic gardens at the Governor's mansion with the superintendent of gardens Mike Lee.  They discuss the various gardens and the history that is behind each garden.


Palmetto Pigeon Plant

Rowland Alston visits with Tony Barwick at Palmetto Pigeon plant to discuss they different types of pigeons and how to prepare and cook them.


Low County Sertoma Club, Walterboro

Team Making It Grow goes to Walterboro South Carolina to visit with Lawton Huggins of the Low Country Sertoma Club.  They discuss different ways to eat and prepare wild game from SC.


Amporn, Elloree

Rowland Alston visits Amporn Appleby and her Thai cuisine restaurant as they discuss her gardens that are at the restaurant and her Thai food.


Congaree land Trust

The Congaree Land Trust is trying to preserve natural resources and pristine properties for future generations.  Rowland Alston visits Buckeye Farms in lower Richland County is set aside for many generations to come.


Elloree Museum

Rowland Alston visits the Elloree Heritage Museum to discuss South Carolina's past and the old way of life.  This Museum preserves the history and heritage of Elloree and the community


Park Seed, greenwood



Hydroponic Garden

Team Making It Grow travels to just above Chesnee, SC to visit Dan Bostic and his hydroponics greenhouse garden.  Hydroponics gardening is growing vegetables or fruit in a water solution instead of soil.


Old Santee Canal Park

Once Again Team Making It Grow visits Old Santee Canal State Park, but this time to discuss their children's Environmental Bay.  This is a place that has events that educates children in Berkley County.


Cross Garden Center , Charleston

Rowland Alston visits Cross Garden Center in West Ashley.  Cross Garden Center is a low country independent Garden Center that contributes to the Professionalism in the horticultural Industry.


Brookgreen Gardens

Rowland Alston visits Brookegeen Gardens and talks with the horticulturalist, Jim Martin.  They discuss the varieties of flowers and other plants and how Brookgreen Gardens educates the community


Historical LoLu Foundation

Rowland goes on a tour of David Hillburn's Home and Garden. David Hillburn brought Charleston homes to downtown Columbia and gardens to Columbia SC.  








Coastal Carnivorous Plants



Pam Rowland - Wreath Making

Rowland Alston meets with Try County Tech professor Pam Rowland, as they discuss how to make dried flower wreaths


Palmetto Pigeon Plant, Sumter



Legare Farms



Colemon Williams, Greenwood

Team Making It Grow visits the unusual Garden of Coleman Williams, just outside the city of Greenwood, SC.  This garden was made by bulldozing and surrounds an Italian style home, 


Tommy Marshall 2

Once again Team Making It Grow visits with Tommy MArshall of Camden Landscaping to discuss his water gardens.  Tommy MArshall is putting his advanced water gardens in old historic homes.


Jim Lunkin 1, USC Coastal

Team Making It Grow visits a Carnivorous plant garden in Conway, SC.  Carnivorous plants have adapted a way to extract nutrients from insects rather than the soil, and they thrive in a low nutrient environment.  Dr. Jim Luken who is a professor at Coastal Carolina takes Rowland on a tour of his garden in his back yard. 

Places We Visited in 2004


Lucy McBride, Greenville



Election Night - No Show



Handback Garden , Edisto

Team Making It Grow visits with Ned Handback at Edisto Beach at his unusual garden.  They discuss several types of palms and the California daisy.


Fairfield Healthcare,

Team Making It Grow goes to visit Fairfield Healthcare.  Fairfield Healthcare has an accessible Garden where the Residents of the nursing home can plant flowers and harvest vegetables


SC State Fair

Rowland visits Roy Copeland with the SC Department of Agriculture at the State Fair, as they discuss the changes in and the future of Agriculture in South Carolina and how the department has changed into a Consumer services organization that protects Consumers.


Edisto Interpretive Center

Rowland visits with Mike McKenzie, at the Edisto Island Interpretive Center.  The Interpretive Center is educating the public about preserving areas along the coastal areas of SC.


Tommy Marshall 1, Camden

Team Making It Grow Travels to Camden to visit Tommy Marshall with Camden Landscaping.  Camden Landscaping is implementing a practice called water ecosystems.  They are creating an artificial stream bed or pond to grow water garden plants.


Bear Creek Farm

Rowland visits with Dr. Anne Broadway at Bear Creek Farm. They discuss farming and doing things the old fashioned way, and also the different products they make from goats milk at the farm. 


Brookgreen Gardens

Once Again we vested Brook Green Gardens with Rowland and horticulturalist Jim Martin as they discuss the new editions and how to make sculptures fit into landscapes.


Sand hill Research and Education Center, Columbia

Rowland visits Dr. Mac Horton at the Clemson Sand hill Research and Educational Center.  The Research Center has a Children's garden and some interesting environmental work.


Dr. Prabhu's Rose, Columbia

Team Making It Grow visits Dr. Satish Prabhu's Rose Garden in Columbia SC to discuss several different verities of roses and how to take care of roses.


Pam Rowland II

This is our second segment with floral designer Pam Rowland of Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC. Drying flowers is the subject for this visit and now we learn about the different drying processes such as hang drying, water drying, using silica gels and the glisterine method.


John Elsley, Greenwood

Internationally know gardener and horticulturalist, John Elsley, invites “Team Making It Grow!” into his woodland garden in Greenwood, SC. This garden is the result 25 years of evolution as plants grow and the shade increases. There are three distinct layers: the canopy of oak trees, the middle layer with large Asian shrubs and Japanese maples, and the groundcovers with hostas and ferns. One question Mr. Elsley says gardeners need to think about to ensure year-round beauty is, “what does the foliage of this plant look like?”


Pam Rowland I

This is the first of three segments featuring Pam Rowland, floral designer and professor at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC. Pam studied under famous floral designers in Germany and has added her own style to this art. In this segment, she shows how to make a “hand-tied” bouquet.


Alpacas, Bishopville

“Have you hugged an alpaca today?” is the question asked by owner Randell Gooding.
The fleece of these alpacas is similar to angora and these animals have quirky personalities. Also on the farm is the “guard llama” who watches over and protects the alpacas from intruders.


Leydic Glass Design, N. Charleston

Clemson Extension Agent F. Brian Smith visits with artist Sally Leydic as he takes him through the process of taking raw materials to finished glass bowls and vases.


King's Market

Fresh cut flower arrangements, great produce and delicious pies are what you find at King’s Market on Edisto Island. Bonnie King and her family’s hospitality is second to none and their products are great anytime of the year. 


Callaham Orchard

This farm attracts families from all over the Palmetto State.  Not only does this u-pick operation have numerous fruits and vegetables, it also makes varied products such as ciders, jam and bread. There is also a “milking station” to teach children how to milk cows.


Middleton Plantation

Clemson Extension Agent F. Brian Smith talks with Middleton horticulturist Sidney Frazier on the new Market Nursery featuring plants from the Plantation. Cuttings from the many historical plants are taken from the grounds, propagated,  grown then made available in containers for the visiting gardeners.
06-22-04 The Potting Shed Garden Clubs make a difference in the beatification in cities and communities in SC. This is certainly evident in downtown Chester, SC where Sarah Floyd and The Potting Shed Garden Club undertook a major undertaking by re-vamping the breezeway “the ally down in the valley” with new plants, fresh paint and historical artifacts from Chester’s past.


Lichtenfelt Nursery, Simpsonville

Deborah  Lichtenfelt has created a fantastic nursery featuring numerous display gardens where customers can “see their plants” in a natural landscape with other plants.  Tall plants, short plants, house plants, ground covers bog gardens and accompanying signage lets you know what all the plant information. Also throughout the year, there will be seminars to give helpful gardening advice.


Black Mountain Trout Farm

Dave and Peg Bayliss raise Rainbow Trout up to 15lbs for the weekend fisherman to come and catch. When the fishing is done, its time to head up the hill to the cabin where they prepare in some most unusual ways.


Eddy Williams, Greenville

In Travelers Rest, SC Eddy Williams has over 60 years of gardening experience. One of his specialties is nursing plants back to health that others have either damaged or can not grow.  His best example is his Japanese Crab Apple tree that he grew from a damages seedling to an enormous tree


James House, Bishopville

The William Apollos James House in Bishopville, SC was built in 1903 and was put on the National Historic Register in 1999. Today it is managed by the Lee County Historical Society. Master Gardener Bobbi Adams talks about the on-going project of restoring the 136 varieties of camellias on the property.


Lone Star BBQ, Santee

This Restaurant/Country Store near Santee, SC is the home of Chef Chris Williams.The freshest produce makes it into the dishes which makes a great lunch or supper. At Lone Star you can find birdhouses, potato bins, tomato pies to some of the best fried chicken you’ve ever tasted.


Black River Tools, Manning

Black River Tools is family owned business that prides itself in the production of quality gardening tools and fishing rod holders. David Baynard demonstrates the special uses of the different type of tools they make. Rowland volunteers to “test” the fishing rod holder on his boat.



Cotton grown in the Carolinas goes into the production of high quality sheets, towels, and shirts. On Pawleys Island, SC cotton goes into the production of hammocks. Doc Lachicotte’s family has been making hammocks since the late 1800s. One interesting fact is that each hammock consists of 1 rope between 600 and 800 feet.


Sarah Floyd’s Plantation Home

his Plantation in Chester, SC has been landscaped for over 100 years and has been maintained and grown with each new generation. Sarah Floyd has added the use of natural containers (made by herself) to accent the landscape’s crepe myrtles, cedar trees,  wysterias, and ornamental lemon trees


Herbarium, USC

Herbariums contain collections of dried and pressed plants. One of the oldest specimens in the herbarium is a cutting form a spicebush from 1848.


Floral and Hardy Farm, Lexington

Floral and Hardy Farm in Lexington, SC focuses on specialty cut flowers. Donna Mills grows a variety of plants for her arrangements such as sunflowers, salvia and basil. She also dries some flowers, makes wreaths and creates special arrangements with your favorite team colors.


Calhoun County Museum

The Calhoun County Museum is St. Mathews preserves its agricultural and rural history with a definite SC charm. We take a tour of the A. O. Rickenbacker’s Country Store that dates back into the late 1800s and we also learn about Calhoun County scientist John Wannamaker that made improvements in commercial soybean production.


SC Museum

The SC State Museum is an educational treasure that highlights art, history, natural history and science and technology. In this segment we focus on the exhibits of natural habitats, forestry, photosynthesis and old tractors.


Parker Conner Camilla's, Edisto

If you want to talk to the foremost camellia expert in the United States, all you have to do is visit with Parker Connor on Edisto Island. He shows his scrapbook that is filled with awards from the early 1970s to recently. Mr. Connor also gives his tips for growing award winning camellias and also talks about his camellia tree that dates back to the Civil War.


Fairfield , Edisto

Fairfield Ocean Ridge is a resort community located on pristine Edisto Island, SC. This community is landscaped with live oaks, palmettos and palms.


Brittan Tree Farm, Edisto

Little Brittan Tree Farm on Yonges Island, SC specializes in native plants for the south.

This farm has different types of oaks, magnolias, and hollies.


Marie Land, Manning

Master Gardener Marie Land takes us on a tour of a home in Manning, SC that has good examples of how to plan for upcoming seasons. Some of these examples are asters, swamp sunflowers and native golden rod.


Cypress Garden

International floral designer Derek Armstrong decorates and gives a demonstration of his skill at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. Derek is from England, but enjoys using the local fruits, berries and other locally grown plant materials to make these arrangements.


Carolina Food Pro's, Charleston

Amanda Dew Manning promotes SC growers and farmers by packaging their products into a unique gift basket. The pecans, pickled okra, rice and much more that are put together at Carolina Food Pros in Charleston highlight the best of South Carolina.


Caughman's Meat Market, Lexington

If you want some fresh meat in Lexington, SC stop by this family owned operation.

Ronnie Caughamn and his team produce a wide variety of products such as liver pudding, hash, sausage to steaks.


Wood Spirit

Lewis Holloway brings European folk art to Marietta, SC. Lewis carves detailed faces, animals and canes from wood he collects. He is a true artist and the demand for his art grows each day.

Places We Visited in 2003

Loom Craft

In Belton, Sc Jack Childress and Wayne Coats are in the textile business producing a wide array of products such as blankets, throws, tapestries, pillows and many many more.
The customer service is top-notch with no limit to what these state of the art machines can make. These products ship worldwide and make excellent gifts.

12-2-03 Weaver’s Nook Mary Graham-Grant uses the art of  sweet grass basketry to make serving trays, clocks and even jewelrey.
Thanksgiving with SC Products

Clemson Professor Libby Hoyle prepares a Thanksgiving Dinner with products from SC.
Turkeys from Camden, Collards from Lexington and rice from Darlington are some examples of the delicious products featured.

Fish Research The research into environmentally friendly production aqua-systems is being conducted at Clemson University. In large ponds with airaters, all aspects of the catfish, for example, are being studied to improve its quality for food production.

Robin’s Gourmet Veggies

In Chapin, SC Robin Shuler produces fresh, crisp pickled vegetables. Some of these fantastic products ranges from “Spiky Asparagus” to “Snappy Beans”. Gift packs are available and are great anytime of the year.
Boykin’s Mill

Grits and corn meal have been a staple of the Southern diet for generations.

The Mill in Boykin, SC still produces these products the old-fashioned way.
10-21-03 Gilbert Nursery Gilbert Nursery in Chesnee, SC is a leader in propagation. Bob Smart takes us through this process from cutting to grafting to budding.
10-9-03 State Fair Live from The SC State Fair we feature the horticultural displays in the Ellison Building, a very unique petting zoo and the always impressive sand sculpture.

Middle River Farms

In Marietta, SC the “tomato lady” Donna Tesner farms over 200 acres on this very productive tomato farm. These field packed tomatoes range in varieties from yellow tomatoes, grape tomatoes and roma tomatoes.
9-15-03 Modern Turf In Rembert, SC Hank Kerfoot talks to Rowlanad about some of his traditional grasses such as Bermuda and St. Augustine, but also about some “salt-tolerant”  grasses and the new Empire Zoysia.
Beachwood Farms

In Marietta, SC Billy and Elizabeth Ledford have an incredible fresh produce market.

Visitors have the option of picking the produce in the field, going through the drive-thru or just browsing inside the market.
9-2-03 Roycroft Daylilies In Georgetown, SC Roycroft Daylilies is a leader in the production of top quality cultivars in daylilies. Owner Bob Roycroft listens to his customers to hybridize the types of daylilies that they would like to see in their garden.
Ashdown Roses Owner Paul Zimmerman at Ashdown Roses in Landrum, SC grows roses “for those who have given up on roses.” These are antique roses and according to Mr. Zimmerman, they are the easiest to maintain and grow.
8-19-03 The Private Garden of Hannah Rodgers One of the premiere private gardens in SC belongs to Hannah Rodgers. Rowland Alston first talks to Stephen Ford, who helped design the garden, about the curves and overall style of the garden. Hannah then tells Rowland about her choice of pastel flowers, fragrant shrubs and the water garden
Gilbet Nursery

Located near Chesnee, SC on the NC/SC border, Gilbert Nursery has a wide variety of plants ranging from weeping elms, weeping redbuds and large and miniature hydrangeas.

Owner James Gilbert talks about some of his favorites and also their irrigation methods using 9 ponds at the nursery.
8-5-03 The Farmer’s Shed An old peach shed conncected to an old grocery store forms The Farmer’s Shed in Lexington, SC. This family operated operation specializes in cooked foods, locally grown vegetables, and lots of plants. At The Farmer’s Shed one can find herbs, hanging baskets and cassaroles.


The Plant Depot

The Plant Depot in Orangeburg, SC specializes in plants grown for The Palmetto State.

Owners Gail and Steve Bolt explain the need for their customers to have healthy plants that grows well in SC conditions such as canailles, sweet potato vines and ferns.
7-22-03 Happy Cow Creamery Rowland Alston re-visits Happy Cow Creamery and talks to owner Tom Trantham about his organically grown fruits and vegetables. On the farm the vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash all grown through black plastic that prevents weeds and keeps moisture close to the roots.
6/03/2006  Pearl Fryar

Rowland visits with Pearl Friar who is a horticultural artist.  He takes plants and gives them an artistic haircut.   Rowland and Pearl discuss a plant that Pearl did an abstract cutting for a plant that was donated to Coker College. 


Grande Dunes Golf

Team Making It Grows visits the most unusual Golf Course.  It is right on the intercostal Waterway and they use some unusual horticultural practices

5/20/2006  Super Stuff Chicken Fertilizer

Team Making It Grow visits with Cag Brunson with Super Stuff Chicken Compost.  Super Stuff Chicken Compost is made from the manure from Chicken houses and is turned into a very useful product that gardeners throughout the United States can use.


Specialty Food Association

The South Carolina Specialty Food Association promotes products grown and processed right here in the Palmetto State.  Rowland and the president of the Association, Scoot Kinney discuss products such as oyster crackers, Boykin grits, and cane syrup

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden Roses

Team Making it Grow visits The Botanical Gardens at Riverbank Zoo.  Rowland talks with a curator about The Bog garden which consist of plants who grow in water and heavy saturated soil.

4/22/2003    SCNLA

The South Carolina Landscape and Nursery Association  hosts the largest Horticultural show in the Palmetto State each year.  Rowland visits Ashley Britain, who is the President of SCNLA, to discuss the Nursery and Landscape Industry in South Carolina. 

4/8/2003      SC Cotton Museum

Team Making It Grow visits the SC Cotton Museum in Bishopville.  Cotton was one of the first plants grown in the state and director Hanson Cox talks about the historic importance of cotton and future of the cotton crop in SC. 


Rawl's Farm 2

Rowland visits with Chris Rawl, a third generation farmer on Rawl's family farm in Lexington, SC.  Rawl's Family farm grows a wide variety of vegetables. dome of which you may never heard of.   The family farm has a plant they grow called a creasy green, which is a weed to most people, but is sold to people in the Appalachian area.

3/25/2003  Robert Perry

Robert Perry takes Making It Grow around the family farm, where they do things the old fashion way.  At the farm they use old tools and make homemade soup and wash clothes the old fashion way.


Manigault House

Rowland visits with the Garden Club of Charleston, which is refurbishing and re-landscaping the entire surroundings of the Manigault House on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, SC.


City Nursery

Making It Grow visits with Tom Drayton at City Nursery.  City Nursery is a family owned farm located in Bishopville, SC.  They specialize in many different types of plants but maintain a high quality. 

Clayton Rawl Farms

Team Making It Grow visits the Chris Rawl at Clayton Rawl Farm in Lexington. SC.  Clayton Farm is a family owned farm that grows a wide variety of vegetables including, parsley and cilantro. 

2/25/2003   Aberdeen Cattery

Rowland visits Aberdeen Catering in Camden, SC.  Aberdeen Catering promotes SC Agricultural products in many of its dishes.  Some of the products discusses are shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and quail.



The South Carolina Landscape and Turf Association competence for its members through educational exhibits research and industry wide expeditions.  Rowland visits with Angela  Broadway, who is on the board of directors, for the annual meeting in Columbia, SC.  The Conference brings together people from the Green industry and tries to get them networking with people from the service Industry.


Philip Simmons

Team Making It Grow visits with Phillips Simmons, a 90 year young master black smith, that lives in Charleston, SC.  His Wrought Iron Gates surround churches, homes and businesses all up and down the eastern seaboard. Richard Simmons got started in wrought Iron gate because he need something to do to take the place of the horses, mules and wagons he used to keep moving.

Old Santee Canal State Park Where  the Tail Race Canal meets Copper River in Berkley County SC, lies the Old Santee Canal  Park located in Monks Corner.  Its a treasured host to Animals, plants, history and education.  Larry Motes is the assistant Park Superintendent.  There are few places in the United States where so many elements come together
Wood Song Canoes

Phillip Green is an artisan boat builder located in RoundO, SC, located in Colleten County.  An artisan Boat builder is a boat builder that takes the utilitarian style of boat building and raises it to the high art level.  People purchase these boats as art and not to use.

1/21/2003  Indian Grass

Scientist on the campus of Clemson University are looking at Native grasses that existed in South Carolina, over 10,000 years ago.  Dr. Bill Stringer is with the Department or crop, Soil and Environmental Science discusses Indian Grass.  These grasses are a is a Tall prairie grass that exist in prairies in the Mid West, but also in every county in South Carolina.

1/14/2003   Absolute Aquatics

Team Making It Grow visits Absolute Aquatics in the Hopkins community. This plant nursery is unusual because every pant they grow and produce grows in water.  Rowland Austin visits with Ken Russ, the director and operator of Absolute Aquatics to discuss aquatic plants, such as the Egyptian Papyrus and the LongWood Cannon.


Head Lee Nursery

Team Making It Grow visits Head Lee Nursery to discuss ideas about growing plants inside with Bob Head.  New ideas for the home landscape are also discussed along with cultural practices to help keep your plants growing healthy.

Places We Visited in 2002

12/10/02 SC Speciality Products In the studios of WRJA, Mary Ridgeway from the S.C. Department of Agriculture brings in some South Carolina products that would make great gifts for the Holidays. Rowland and Mary talk about some of the diverse products ranging from wine to pecans to Bar-B-Que sauce.
12/3/02 Springdale Nursery In the beautiful town of Camden, SC, Springdale Nursery & Landscaping Co. is a full service nursery and landscaping company, offering: Quality Plants Trained Personnel Landscape Design & Consulting Toro Irrigation Residential & Light Commercial Drainage Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
11/26/02 Thanksgiving Cooking Aberdeen Catering in Camden, S.C. Owner Jack Brantley gives some helpful tips for preparing turkeys for Thanksgiving. Rowland helps with the taste test and samples a turkey from the oven and one from a deep fryer.
Gateway to SC We highlight the The I-95 Gateway to South Carolina created by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. As travelers enter South Carolina on I-95 from Georgia, they pass by this beautiful gateway that showcases the state tree (Palmetto) and the state flower (Yellow Jessamine.)
Highway Wildflowers The taped feature will highlight the tremendous job The South Carolina Department of Transportation does in beautifying the S.C. highways. Team "Making It Grow!" stops in St. George, S.C. to learn about the wildflowers grown that make interstate driving more enjoyable.
10/22/02 Folk Artist We visited fiber and folk artist Maree Dowdey in Columbia, S.C. Growing up in rural Richland Co., S.C. Mrs. Dowdey was taught the art of making baskets, corn-shuck dolls, quilts, and soap. Today, Mrs. Dowdey teaches and demonstrates these skills in hopes of passing on the knowledge and the art to another generation.
10/1/02 Chaotic Garden "A Chaotic Garden" in Bishopville, S.C. Artist and Master Gardener Bobbi Adams invites Making It Grow! to her backyard garden where vegetables, flowers, and herbs are grown for wildlife. Rowland Alston asks Bobbi to highlight some of her favorite plants and to give tips for maintaining them.
8/6/02 Friendship Garden The Friendship Garden is a community empowerment project that brings together neighborhood children and adults with Clemson Extension Agents and Master Gardeners. Rowland Alston talks with Clemson Extension Agent Norma Samuel about the vegetables and flowers grown and the long tem goals of the project.
8/6/02 Richmond Hill Inn
Summer Garden
This 'Making It Grow!' features The Richmond Hill Inn in Asheville, N.C., and a Friendship Garden in Sumter, S.C. The Richmond Hill Inn's six-acre Victorian landscape features manicured gardens and natural areas, monuments, and several water features. The Inn's horticulturist Hunter Stubbs gives Clemson Extension Agent F. Brian Smith a tour of the summer garden.
7/16/02 Elizabeth Lawrence's Garden In 1948 Elizabeth Lawrence, a landscape architect an author, moved to Charlotte and created a magnificent Southern garden. After her death in 1986, Master Gardener Lindie Wilson purchased the home and has maintained Lawrence's plants along with the symmetrical grid of the garden and the pathways that enclose a circular pond.
7/16/02 Super-Sod Trees The Super-Sod Trees nursery grows a wide variety of 15 gallon, 30 gallon and 45 gallon specimen trees and shrubs. Also the Super-Sod containers are coated with "Spin Out" which greatly reduce root circling and promote a more fibrous root system.
6/18/02 Whitehaven Plantation In Bethune, S.C. Whitehaven Plantation is a 500 acre premiere equine facility home to beautiful Egyptian and Arabian horses. An indoor arena, a large Hunter-Jumper course, and miles of trails help train these horses and their riders.
6/18/02 The Duke Mansion The Duke Mansion, in Charlotte, NC, is an estate built by James Buchanan Duke, whose lasting legacy includes Duke University and Duke Power Company. Historic trees, perennial gardens, and herb gardens can all be found on the grounds of this 85 year old mansion, which is now a bed and breakfast and a state of the art meeting facility.
6/4/02 Turf Grass  
6/4/02 Hatcher Gardens  
5/28/02 Harvest Hope Food Bank
Harvest Hope Food Bank provides for the needy by reducing food waste, offers a variety of direct services throughout South Carolina, and serves as an educational resource for hunger and hunger related issues.
5/28/02 Furman University Furman University's 750-acre campus has been called one of the five most scenic university campuses in the nation by Princeton Review; and the American Society of Landscape Architects recently recognized Furman as one of the most beautifully landscaped areas in the country.
5/14/02 Iris Gardens Not far from the WRJA studios in Sumter, S.C., Swan Lake Iris Gardens has all eight species of swan and 25 varieties of irises. This 150 acre garden is also home to the Iris Festival, ranked as one of the top 100 festivals in America.
5/14/02 Southern Sun BioSystems
In Hodges, S.C., Southern Sun BioSystems is producing a propagation chamber that allows growers to attain a combination of high light and low temperatures, while providing precise control of fertility, humidity and carbon dioxide.
4/16/02 Gourmet Butter In Seneca, S.C., Christian Thormose creates DairyWise Gourmet Butter. These high quality butters are flavored with spices and have a variety of uses, from topping off a New York strip steak with Blue Cheese & Cracked Peppercorn butter to sautéing crab cakes in Creole butter
4/16/02 Serpentarium The Edisto Island Serpentarium on Edisto Island, S.C., is one of the largest outdoor serpentariums in The United States. All kinds of snakes, alligators, and other reptiles are displayed in their natural environment.
4/2/02 Lightning Rods for Trees Sonny Sims of Historic Tree Preservation explains the importance of lightning rods and how to maintain older trees.
4/2/02 Carolina Forest Elementary/Carolina Forest High School Team 'Making It Grow!' features an elementary school's atrium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lightning Rods in Clemson, S.C. Carolina Forest Elementary and Carolina Forest High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., teach horticulture through hands-on experience. Carolina Forest High School students grow plants in a greenhouse and help the elementary students plant them in their courtyard.
3/19/02 Planting Trees For Wildlife Dr. Skeet Burris and his family in Cummings, S.C., take Team "Making It Grow!" on a tour of their 1,800 acre tree farm. The Burris Family has been restoring and maintaining the forests and the wildlife habitats on this farm since 1986.
3/19/02 Butterfly Pavilion In Myrtle Beach, S.C., The Butterfly Pavilion is a tropical paradise of exotic greenery of over 200 plants that provide a rain forest-like environment for butterflies from all over the world.
2/26/02 George and Pink's
Roadside Market
On Edisto Island, S.C. George and Pink's Roadside Market has providing fresh produce for generations. Anyone who travels to Edisto Island always stops by this family owned business and visits with George and Pink.
2/26/02 Floranest In Darlington, S.C. Curt and Nancy Bouler are creating new floral containers called Flornests. These containers make it possible to display flowers and plants on trees, poles, or any other column shaped structures.

Bell Bouy Seafood House

Po'Pigs Bo-B-Q

On Edisto Island, S.C. Bell Buoy Seafood House takes their fresh catch to Po' Pigs Bo-B-Q where head chef Bo Bo Lee cooks a gourmet meal.
2/5/02 Folk Life Festival In Columbia, S.C.,The University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum held its annual Folk Life Festival where craftsmen from all over the south showed their talents.
1/8/02 Aquatic Management
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Aquatic Management Program is fighting the spread of illegal water plants. Aquatic weeds such as hydrilla and water hyacinth thrive without natural control and impair the health and use of public waterways.
1/8/02 Green Power Green Power is a technology that uses renewable resources like the sun and the wind to make power. At the Horry County Landfill, Green Power uses the naturally occurring methane from the decomposing waste.

Places We Visited in 2001

12/18/01 MIG Christmas  
11/6/01 Botanical Gardens at Asheville The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a 10 acre botanical garden located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. This garden is dedicated to native plants of Western North Carolina. A handicap accessible garden trail and a bird watching deck have recently been completed.
11/6/01 Edisto Memorial Rose Gardens The Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, SC, displays past and current award winning roses from the All-American Rose Selections. Some 4,000 plants representing at least 75 labeled varieties of roses are always on display in the Gardens. This site is also honored to be one of only 23 official test gardens in the United Sates sanctioned by the All-America Rose Selections, Inc.
10/10/01 SC State Fair Live from the SC State Fair
8/28/01 Carolina Corn Maze Next we go to the grand opening of The Carolina Corn Maze in Darlington Co., S.C. In honor of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the design is a swamp fox. We talk with owner Calvin Booth about how the maze is not only fun but also educational.
8/28/01 Medicinal Herb Garden On this program Team 'Making It Grow' visits Gale McKinley in Anderson Co., S.C. Here we take a look at some of her beneficial plants grown in her medicinal herb garden. (Gale's Art Site)
8/14/01 The South Carolina Heritage Corridor On this one-hour special, 'Making It Grow' features historic gardens, goat soap, a winery, and a few surprises. The show begins in Columbia, SC with Rowland Alston talking with Governor James Hodges about the importance of The South Carolina Heritage Corridor. Then the tour begins with the first feature The South Carolina Botanical Garden. The tour continues and re-visits the following unique and important places: Golden Creek Mill in Easley, SC; Park Seed Company and Emerald Farm in Greenwood, SC; Montmorenci Vineyards in Aiken, SC; Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC; and Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
7/31/01 Heirloom Garden In Clemson, South Carolina where we visit The South Carolina Botanical Garden. Dr. David Bradshaw, professor of horticulture at Clemson University, gives a tour of the heirloom garden that features old-fashioned gardening practices and unique vegetables.
7/31/01 Blueberries Team 'Making It Grow' visits The Happy Berry Farm in Six Mile, South Carolina. Rowland Alston talks with owner Dr. Walker Miller about their blueberries, raspberries. Walker also shows a new method for growing blackberries.
7/17/01 New Gardening Tools Sparrow & Fair Tr. Co., Inc., The John Deere Dealership in Timmonsville, SC shows us their new line of lawn care equipment, including push mowers, riding mowers, lawn tractors, lawn & garden tractors, and an assortment of handheld products.
7/17/01 Homeplace  
7/3/01 MIG Heritage Vacation First on our stop is The U.S. National Arboretum. F. Brian Smith learns about the importance, the history, of the current and new exhibits of the Arboretum. We meet up with Rowland at Mt. Vernon, the home of America’s first president. Rowland visits George Washington’s Pioneer farm. Next, the co-hosts of our show head over to Monticello, where they are given tours of Thomas Jefferson’s fruit and vegetable gardens. Moving across Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been recognized for its beauty in horticulture and for its wildlife preserve for endangered animals. Our final destination is the old-time charm of Colonial Williamsburg.
6/19/01 Brookgreen Cottage Located in the southeast part of the state in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Rowland Alston finds Curator of Gardens Bobby Mottern in Brookgreen Gardens at The Brookgreen Cottage. This unique cottage is decorated by Southern Living magazine and landscaped for homes near the coast.
6/19/01 Richmond Hill Inn On this program Team 'Making It Grow' revisits Richmond Hill Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. This time Clemson Extension Agent F. Brian Smith talks with Head Horticulturist Hunter Stubbs about their wonderful gardens and what visitors can expect when they visit this historic inn.
6/5/01 18th Century Wood Carving In Edgefield County, S.C., we visit Ike Carpenter, an artist who specializes in woodcarving. Ike details the process of making homemade spoons and bowls from a tree branch.
6/5/01 S.C. Heritage Corridor The first stop is the Grand Opening of the Fran Hanson Discovery Center in The South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, S.C. Dr. John Kelly, Vice President of Public Service and Agriculture, and Lisa Wagner, Director of Educational Programs, give a tour of this new facility.
5/15/01 Sandy Hill Flower Farm Team Making It Grow! visits Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and finds the Sandy Hill Flower Farm. Christine Todd talks with Rowland Alston about plants that grow well near salt water and other perennials that could go around any home landscape.
5/15/01 The Pee Dee State Flower Market The Pee Dee State Flower Market in Florence, South Carolina gives us a peak of the 2001 Pee Dee Flower Show. Dick Felder of the Department of Agriculture highlights some of the vendors and exhibits.
5/1/01 The Village Blacksmith Part of the Heritage corridor, Edgefield, South Carolina is a picture of living history. There we find the Village Blacksmith. Linda Rosi, an accomplished blacksmith, talks with Rowland Alston about the process, the history, and the art of her craft.
5/1/01 Nurseries Caroliniana Located in North Augusta, South Carolina. F. Brian Smith talks with Ted Stephens, owner of Nurseries Caroliniana, about his exotic plants and the new varieties he will be getting in soon. Also, Ted shows off some of his unique birds.
4/18/01 P & L Bark We return to Pageland, South Carolina, where we visit P & L Bark. For over 15 years, P & L Bark has produced natural landscaping and gardening products in the Carolinas. Their product line ranges from heavy weight soils, ground covers, soilless potting mediums, decorative rock to specialty items. Team Making It Grow! learns about the process P & L Bark goes through to produce these quality products.
4/18/01 Augusta Golf and Gardens We're off to Augusta Golf and Gardens. Located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia is a rose garden, an aquatic garden, an Asian garden, and over twenty more unique display gardens and water features. Home of the Georgia Golf of Fame, Augusta Golf and Gardens features larger-than-life bronze sculptures of some of golf's greatest masters.
4/3/01 Oysters We stay in lower South Carolina and travel to Bowens Island on James Island, S.C., where Team Making It Grow! is on the search for oysters. Robert Barber, owner of Bowens Island restaurant, explains the industry and then invites us for an enormous oyster roast.
4/3/01 Colony South Corporation The Colony South Corporation produces South Carolina products including gourmet food and baskets. General Manager Scott Kinney takes us on a tour through the facility and shows us the many types of food they produce. Everything from salsa, marinades and hot sauces, to chips made from grits are sold through Colony South. We end this feature with Team Making It Grow! joining Scott in sampling some of this delicious food.
3/27/01 Ferns In Kingstree, S.C. at McKenzie Greenhouses, Larue McKenzie and his staff grow over 10,000 ferns and geraniums. Larue takes us through the process of how they grow these plants from seed to mature plant. Also, we learn about the different types of ferns and which ones are the best suitable for the different regions in South and North Carolina.
3/27/01 Rice Carolina Plantation Rice at colonial Plumfield Plantation on the Pee Dee River grows rice for commercial sale. In 1997, Campbell Coxe started Carolina Plantation Rice by planting 20 acres here on his old family farm. Campbell now estimates over 200 acres in his immediate area would be suitable for rice culture. Campbell grows the Della variety that is Aromatic Rice. It has a unique smell and taste.
3/13/01 Camellias
Margaret Boyne in Columbia, S.C. has been gardening and growing camellias for the past 50 years. In her backyard greenhouse, she tells us of her love for camellias.
3/13/01 Rudy Mancke We travel to Station Falls, S.C., where Rudy Mancke, horticulturist for ETV's ‘Nature Scene’, and Alston meet at a beautiful waterfall and talk about the diversity and importance of plants found in nature.
2/6/01 Carnivorous Plants On the campus of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte horticulturist Larry Mellichamp shows us his carnivorous plants.
2/6/01 The Fripp Company Fripp Island, S.C. is where Eric Graves gives Rowland an overview on how nature and man coexist on this tiny island.
1/6/01 Caribbean Pepper Pot Restaurant Seasoned food from Sumter's Caribbean Pepper Pot has Rowland warm and toasty during a cold January evening.
1/6/01 Peppers We return home to Sumter County, S.C., to visit a private garden where many varieties of peppers are grown.
1/6/01 The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden On this program, we travel to Charlotte N.C., to The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is still early in its developmental stages, but already has a wealth of plants and horticultural designs.

Places We Visited in 2000

Wing Haven Wing Haven has been a special part of Charlotte since its creation in 1927. Three acres of lovely vistas, formal gardens, and controlled wilderness open to all who wander its paths. This sanctuary for wild birds and animals is set up for the education of the general public on horticulture and wildlife subjects and to stimulate interest in the beautification of the geographic area.
Soft Shell Crabs We first talk with Jerry Gault of J & D Enterprises. Here we are told everything you want to know about soft shell crabs. Next in Beaufort, we take some of the crabs from Jerry Gault over to Bistro Dejong. Owner and head chef Peter Dejong cooks us a meal made from these crabs.
10/11/00 SC State Fair 2000 Back again at the South Carolina State Fair, we look at some of the sights and sounds of this year's event. We even have a little fun with the MIG State Fair Pentathalon including: Corn Shuckin', Seed Spittin', Pie Eatin', Apple Bobbin', and this year's new event, "The Stick Pony obstacle course."
8/23/00 The South Carolina State Botanical Garden Another visit to the garden in Clemson, SC, features over 2,200 varieties of ornamental plants in five gardens comprising 270 acres. Lisa Wagner, director of education, talks about the Heritage Garden, native plants, earth sculptures, and educational programs.
The South Carolina Aquarium Located in Charleston, SC, the Aquarium features Southern aquatic plants and animals from the five major regions of the Appalachian Watershed as found in South Carolina: the Mountains, the Piedmont, the Coastal Plain, the Coast, and the Ocean.
8/2/00 Wild Birds Unlimited Gardeners are learning the importance of having birds and hummingbirds around the landscape to eat harmful insects. Jim Kelly of Wild Birds Unlimited shows us birdhouses, hummingbird feeders, and the feed needed for each.
8/2/00 Minnie Edwins’ Daylilies Minnie Edwins talks to us about the many varieties of daylilies she grows on St. Helena Is. and about the process of hybridization. We also get a tour of her large garden and see an example of her newest daylily that has ruffled edges.
7/26/00 Hosta Gardening Betty Cruickshank, SC Botanical Garden Volunteer and Hostas enthusiast, shows us her four hundred different types of Hostas located in colorful gardens outside of every window of her home.
Dempsey Farms U-Pick This operation on St. Helena Island, SC, shows Making It Grow! its vegetable gardens that are open for the public to harvest. Davey Dempsey, third generation farmer, shows us his unique grape tomatoes and explains how we can sucker our own tomatoes. Dempsey Farms also grows strawberries, green beans, sweet corn, and many other types of vegetables.


MIG Heritage Vacation First on our stop is The U.S. National Arboretum. F. Brian Smith learns about the importance and the history, of the current and new exhibits of the Arboretum. We meet up with Rowland at Mt. Vernon, the home of America’s first president. Rowland visits George Washington’s Pioneer farm. Next, the co-hosts of our show head over to Monticello, where they are given tours of Thomas Jefferson’s fruit and vegetable gardens. Moving across Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been recognized for its beauty in horticulture and for its wildlife preserve for endangered animals. Our final destination is the old-time charm of Colonial Williamsburg.
Barefoot Greenhouse John A. Frazier shows his unique horticulture practice of growing strawberries on St. Helena Island, SC. Mr. Frazier invites team Making It Grow! into his roadside stand and explains some of his unusual growing methods.
6/21/00 Cow Soap Owner Patrice R. Buck makes all natural body products from cow's milk on Jersey Thyme Herb Farm in Saluda, SC, and takes Rowland through the process.
Charleston Roses Dr. Fletcher Derrick, a consulting rosarian with the American Rose Society, takes Rowland Alston on a tour of his rose garden in Charleston, SC, that features over 100 varieties of beautiful roses.
6-14-00 Bonsai Gardening As a master of this unique horticulture practice in Greenville, SC, Paul Ellis invites team Making It Grow! into his back yard for a tour of his favorite hobby-- bonsai gardening. Mr. Ellis shows us examples from his collection. We also learn how to care for and how to shape bonsai trees.
Japanese Gardening Japanese Gardening at the Nippon Center in Greenville, SC, provides a unique style of gardening that many Carolina gardeners may not be familiar with. Andrian Bazemore, manager at the center, walks us through the lush gardens that are full of southern horticultural staples arranged in an oriental setting. The rock gardens located in the interior of the center’s Restaurant Yagoto create an allusion to the famous Ryoan-ji garden in Kyoto.
Brookgreen Gardens Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, shows off its new dogwood garden. Bobby Mottern, Assistant Vice President and curator of gardens, explains why the dogwood tree has become one of the most beloved icons of the South. We also got a chance to talk with the host of 'Victory Gardens,' Roger Swain.
Master Gardener The Master Gardener Program in Columbia, SC, Barbara Jo Sauer (1999 Master Gardener of the Year) gives us a brief description and history on the Master Gardener Program. She also gives examples of some of the useful information they have, such as on weeds, pH levels, and pesticides.
Foliage Plants Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses in Orlando, FL, supplies its Exotic Angel plants and flowers to popular gardening centers such as Lowe's and Wal-Mart. Rowland talks with the director of customer service, Dana Wagner, about the 260 different varieties of exotic plants. Then, Rowland gets a tour with Location Manager, Jeff Cawn, who shows us some of their featured foliage plants such as passion plants and variegated ivies.
4/5/00 Stacy's Inc. Stacy's Greenhouse in York, SC, supplies its plants and flowers topopular gardening centers such as Lowe's and Wal-Mart. Owner Lewis Stacy shows us his hostas, black-eye stellas, and other perennials while taking us on a tour of his ever-expanding greenhouse facilities.
4/5/00 Disney Institute

The Garden Design Event at the Disney Institute in Orlando, FL, offers classes and hands-on gardening sessions with professional horticulturists. The classes are divided into smaller groups where they each design their own garden with the help of the instructors. Join Rowland as he gives the groups his advice, and talks about the styles of cottage and wildlife gardening.
Ewing Tree Farm Ewing Tree Farm in Hartsville, SC, is a wildlife habitat paradise. C. Randell Ewing, 1998 South Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year, discusses which crops make his land a haven for turkey, partridge, and ducks.
Nature's Spirit Nature's Spirit Intentional Community in Pickens County, SC, provides the opportunity to explore sustainable living and organic agriculture. Charlie Joiner shows viewers how his bio-intensive approach to gardening produces an abundance of plants on a minimum of land.
3/1/00 Southern Spring Show The Southern Spring Show celebrates its 40th anniversary with the theme Destination Spring. The event marks the beginning of the spring season with a re-creation of the Tower of London garden, Walt Disney topiaries, furnished designer rooms, and lawn and garden seminars.
2/9/00 Baucom's Nursery Baucom’s Nursery Company in Summerville, SC, supplies its plants and flowers to popular gardening centers such as Wal-Mart and Lowe’s. General Manager John Lybrand takes us on a tour of the nursery; and Clemson Extension Agent Mark Arena shows some new varieties of petunias and impatients that are being cultivated at Baucom’s.
Peter Loewer Gardener and Natural History writer Peter Loewer has turned his Asheville, NC, backyard into a winter gardener’s paradise. From a moss garden to tulip trees, this scenic wonderland shows off its color throughout the year.
1/12/00 Hartsville Junior High School Hartsville Junior High School in Hartsville, SC, provides a FOCUS program for at-risk students. A component of the FOCUS curriculum is a horticulture therapy program called "Planting Citizens for Tomorrow." Located on the school campus is a 6,000 square foot garden that has been expanded to include a "Fresh Flower Market."
Richmond Hill Inn
The gardens at the Richmond Hill Inn in beautiful Asheville, NC, are one of the most beautiful spectacles of spring; yet, horticulturist Hunter Stubbs keeps this garden in shape year-round with winter gardening. An early snow creates a beautiful backdrop for winter gardening tips.