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Clemson Gardening Show Wins Telly Awards

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

Clemson’s “Making It Grow” television show wins four more Telly Awards. Image Credit: Clemson Public Service and Agriculture

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s Amanda McNultySean 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 “Making It Grow” show is produced by South Carolina ETV and Clemson University. McNulty said winning these 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.”

Flynn, who has produced the show since 1999, agreed.

“One aspect that I am really thrilled about is that we won in four different categories,” Flynn said. “That speaks to the wide variety of topics we highlight and to the overall quality in covering different subject matter. This is great recognition for the entire team.”

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. This 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. Other crew members who made the show a success were Flynn, Mark Adams and Craig Ness.

“Making It Grow” brought home a bronze award in the General-Education for Television category for The Pawpaw Patch show. The team received another bronze award, in the General-Cultural for Television category, for The Jamestown Foundation show.  The third bronze award for the group’s show The James Beard Dinner  won in the General-Documentary: Individual for Television category. I

“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. It also can be viewed live online by clicking here. To watch past shows, click here.

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

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