Armstrong’s Arboretum Featured on Award-Winning Television Show


(July 19, 2013) Armstrong’s lush Arboretum served as the focus of a recent episode of “Making It Grow!,” an Emmy Award-winning television program produced by ETV and Clemson University.

The episode originally aired on June 25 and can be viewed online by visiting http://www.scetv.org and selecting the June 25 show on the “Making it Grow” page.

The five-minute segment, hosted by Amanda McNulty of Clemson Extension, features spectacular video footage of the Arboretum as well as an in-depth interview with Armstrong’s ground superintendent Philip Schretter. Schretter takes McNulty on an informative walking tour through the Arboretum, pointing out highlights like the Camellia Garden, International Garden, and Primitive Garden.

“We’re on the campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where students can easily run to the historic district downtown or to Tybee Island,” the show’s host reports. “But if the students want to be surrounded by beauty, they just walk outside their dormitory room door.”

Schretter explains that Armstrong’s Arboretum has expanded over the years as new specimen trees, unusual shrubs, perennials, and bulbs are planted. “We continue to add new plants,” he says. “It has amassed over time, and now we have a pretty significant collection.”

The Arboretum encompasses the university’s 268-acre campus and features a wide variety of botanical specimens. Highlights include plants typically found in Georgia’s coastal broadleaf evergreen forests like live oak, southern magnolia, red bay, horse sugar, and sparkleberry as well as exotic species. Armstrong’s Arboretum is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours.

“Making It Grow!” covers a wide range of gardening topics weekly, highlighting interesting places and products across the south. The show airs Tuesdays at 7:00p.m. on ETV and Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. on the SC Channel. The show is available online at http://www.scetv.org/index.php/making_it_grow .

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