Roadside Arrangements

Amanda McNultyThe new Highway Patrolman in her district asked a veteran if he had any idea why this person was always stopped on the side of the road and coming out of the woods with weeds. “Oh, that’s that McNulty woman,” was his answer. “She collects that kind of stuff.”

Finding treasures in nature and using them in arrangements is one of Amanda McNulty’s passions. She spends a lot of time driving on country roads going to and from work so she knows where every lichen-covered plum thicket or deciduous holly grows. Combined with things from the yard and sometimes a few bought flowers, you can make some wonderful arrangements with found objects.

With Amanda McNulty leading the way at SHE Columbia, we’ll explore a well-stocked tool box for “floral designers”, too. Corkscrews are near the top of the list!

Location: Entertain

Time: Saturday, Feb 9th at 11am


About Amanda McNulty

Amanda C. McNulty is an Extension Agent with Clemson University based in Sumter, SC. She designs and presents programs for consumer horticulture and Keep America Beautiful

Ms. McNulty has been recognized for her work in the field of media. She edited the Clemson student literary review and won awards for the best student fiction for three years. The National Association of County Agriculture Agents has twice awarded her a second place award in radio presentations and in 2009 recognized her as the first place presenter in feature newspaper articles. In 2009, she was recognized by her fellow agents as the Achievement Award Winner for excellence in Extension education. In 2012, she received two silver trowels awards from the Garden Writers of America for her newspaper columns. Also in that year, her interview with Jenks Farmer of Moore Farms Botanical Gardens was selected for a bronze Telly award.

With fellow Agent Tony Melton, for three years she produced and starred in the SC Educational Television South Carolina Channel show titled Down Home with Tony and Amanda. The program won a Silver Telly Award for content and an Emmy for set design.

For many years, she was the co-host with Rowland Alston of SCETV’s long-running, award- winning gardening program Making It Grow and presents gardening tips on ETV radio. In July, 2012, she became the host of that popular gardening program.

Her gardening and sustainability columns appear in the Sumter Item and The State newspapers.

Ms. McNulty is a sought after speaker for local civic organizations and state-wide conventions. She has been a keynote presenter at the Historic Columbia Gardening Seminar series and the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Spring Symposium and has given programs at both the Greenville and Midlands Master Gardener Associations’ annual conferences.

From 1986-1998, Ms. McNulty served as a member of the St. Matthews Town Council, four of those years as mayor pro tem. She was the principle investigator on three Community Development Block grants for housing and downtown development and an EPA grant to increase sewer treatment capacity and expand lines into low-income neighborhoods.

She worked for many years with noted landscape designer Ruthie Lacey in Gardens and Parties, doing private gardening and designing and executing events, including the Brookgreen Gardens Gala.

Ms. McNulty earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Clemson University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from South Carolina State University.