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SUMTER – The Emmy Award-winning “Making It Grow” gardening show has more Telly Awards to add to its slate of accolades.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s Amanda McNulty of St. Matthews, Sean Flynn and the rest of the crew of “Making It Grow” received four prestigious Telly Awards this year, bringing the total Telly Awards for the show to 19 since 2000.

The live, interactive show is produced by South Carolina ETV and Clemson University. McNulty said winning the awards is an honor for the show’s crew.

“Our most important mission is to help people use environmentally sustainable methods and still be successful in growing plants,” McNulty said. “To do that we emphasize identifying the problem before taking action — is it an insect or a disease? — and choosing the correct method of controlling it.

“By encouraging our viewers to make careful choices in selecting plants, in placing them properly in their landscape or garden and using thoughtful cultural practices, we help them reduce plant stress, which results in healthier plants more resistant to pests,” she said. “We are honored and excited our team was chosen by peers in the industry to receive these awards.”

The “Making It Grow” team this year won a silver award in the General-How-To/DIY for Television category for the show How to Make Pine Cone Zinnias. The show demonstrated how to use pine cones to create zinnias for a number of decorations.

In the show, Rebecca Turk, director of education and events at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, shows McNulty how fun and simple it is. Turk also shares tips she has learned and different ways these tips can be used.

“Making It Grow” brought home a bronze award in the General-Education for Television category for The Pawpaw Patch show. In this show, McNulty travels to Clemson’s Musser Fruit Research Center, where she talks with Greg Reighard, a professor of plant and environmental sciences, about how pawpaws are an excellent food source.

The team received another bronze award, in the General-Cultural for Television category, for The Jamestown Foundation show. In this show, which was developed after a suggestion by Alma Harris, executive director of the State Extension Advancement Council, McNulty travels to Jamestown in the Mars Bluff Community of Florence and talks with Terry James about The Jamestown Foundation.

The Jamestown settlement was founded in 1870 by Ervin James, a former slave.

The third bronze award for the group’s show The James Beard Dinner won in the General-Documentary: Individual for Television category. In the show, McNulty visits City Roots Farm in Columbia, where local chefs and dishes are featured at the James Beard Foundation Dinner.

“Making It Grow” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on SCETV and on taped-delay at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays on the South Carolina Channel.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials.

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Salley McAden McInerney is a freelance writer who lives in Camden. She may be reached by emailing salley.mac@gmail.com. She wrote this article for South Carolina Farmer, the magazine of the S.C. Farm Bureau Federation. The article is reprinted with permission.

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