Landscaping with the environment, not against it

By Peter Hull

Image depicts teen landscaping a yard.

Visitors to the 2008 Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson experienced a new attraction: how to create yards that work with the environment, not against it.

Master Gardeners, helped by more than a dozen volunteers from local schools, built an outdoor classroom where visitors learn how to be more environmentally conscious in their yards.

The living exhibit, part of Clemson Extension’s Carolina Yards and Neighborhoods program, serves as a permanent demonstration area for workshops that include landscape water management and the use of native plant species.

The project was a partnership between Clemson Extension’s Master Gardener program, Ladson Exchange Park/Exchange Club and the Ashley-Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium sponsored by Clemson Carolina Clear.

“The demonstration project will be more than a regular attraction at the annual fair,” said David Joyner, Charleston County Extension agent. “It will be used as an outdoor classroom for area schools and other groups throughout the year.”


For more information: David Joyner, 843-722-5940, ext. 125,;