August 26, 2009 - Native SC Plants

"Native Plants"

Originally aired on RFD-TV network on August 26, 2009

In this episode of Farm Bureau's Voices of Agriculture, host Reggie Hall comes to us from Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monestary in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  Here he talks about the rich history of the monestary, as well as talks with the monks and how they are involved in agriculture through their growing of native plants and oyster mushrooms. 

We also visit more traditional nurseries and find out what makes this commodity second only to broilers in agriculture.  Take a tour through rich, beautiful plants, landscaping and horitculture.

What once stood as the largest VFW club after World War One is now our Carolina Cooking restaurant, Saluda's Restaurant in Columbia's 5-Points district.  Saluda's owners pride themselves in putting certified South Carolina-grown food on the menu, so Executive Chef Chris Hyler cooks us up a warm South Carolina spinach salad with those Mepkin Abbey oyster mushrooms, Clemson blue cheese and Carolina coastal shrimp.

Jim Weldon is our Farmer Outstanding in the Field, and takes us around his forest-grown nursery where just enough light and shade compliment his captivating plants.

For more information, please click on the links below.

South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association
Donna Foster
4661 Crystal Drive  Columbia, SC
(803) 743-4284

Mepkin Abbey
Father Guerric
1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.  Moncks Corner, SC
(843) 761-8509

Parson's Nursery
Payton Parsons
10758 South Frasier Street Georgetown, SC
(843) 527-3416

Saluda's Restaurant
Steve Cooke
Chef Chris Hyler

751 Saluda Avenue  Columbia, SC
(803) 799-9500