ETV’s Amanda McNulty wears more than one gardening hat

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By Greg Summers

For many with green thumbs, Amanda McNulty is the face of gardening in the Palmetto State.

But the popular host of SCETV’s “Making It Grow” wears more than one gardening hat.

Known for her sense of humor and use of unusual analogies that help people connect with the good earth, McNulty will speak Thursday night, Aug. 8, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Building as part of the 2013 Katawba Valley Land Trust Lecture Series.

McNulty’s visit here is also cosponsored by Lancaster’s three garden clubs: the Lancaster Garden Club, the Green Gardeners and the Leaf and Petal Garden Club.

McNulty not only co-hosts a television show, but is a gardening columnist for several newspapers across the state, as well as the Sumter County horticulture agent for Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. She also speaks at gardening seminars and to groups when her schedule allows.

A Columbia native, McNulty has an extensive background and keen appreciation for music, dance and visual arts. She worked in Atlanta for the Georgia Council for the Arts while her husband attended art school.

After several career detours, McNulty enrolled at Clemson University where she majored in ornamental horticulture and graduated summa cum laude. She also went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching science from S.C. State University, which is near her St. Matthews home.

She also started writing and served as editor of Clemson University’s literary magazine. An accomplished newspaper writer, she won the National Association of County Agents award in 2007 for her gardening columns.

McNulty is also active in the national Keep America Beautiful campaign is Sumter County. When she isn’t busy, McNulty and her husband, Edward  Wimberly, can be found working in the vegetable garden or enjoying the 2.5 acre yard with its mixture of natural areas interspersed with annuals, perennials,  shrubs and small, understory trees.        

Contact Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156