I am a SCNLA Certified Professional Nurseryman, A Charleston County Master Gardener, founder/president of the Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society and an active member and president of the Coastal Carolina Camellia Society. I am known as "The Citrus Guy" in the MG and horticultural world here. I currently have 51 different varieties of Citrus in my yard, all in containers. I am also an Exotic Tropical Fruit buff, growing things many people have never heard of. If you ever have any questions about the material in my Blog or have a problem you would like me to look into, diagnose or possibly write about, send me an e-mail to:



  • The Citrus Guy

    I started this blog as a means to extend the Master Gardener Mission of education. I enjoy teaching and this blog will be educational, sometimes funny, and hopefully always inspirational.


  • Give Them The Bird!

    Give Them Bird!

    My mother and I chat pretty much every Sunday, she lives in Raleigh, I am in North Charleston. We talk about a little bit of everything, politics, weather,... Read more

    Posted on 12 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Difference and I Knew the Answer

    Difference Knew Answer

    I was doing a Camellia workshop yesterday, it was going along well, until.......I was asked the question "How can you tell the difference between Virus... Read more

    Posted on 04 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • We're Losing Them, Folks!

    We're Losing Them, Folks!

    I have discussed this problem in other posts and to many of my friends in the horticultural world. We are losing the younger generation in the gardening world. Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • They Should Have Read The Book

    They Should Have Read Book

    Here in my Zone 8, almost a 9 growing zone, it has been hot!Anybody that lives here in Charleston is violently shaking their head in affirmation.Well, apparentl... Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sometimes, They Just DIE!

    Sometimes, They Just DIE!

    Gardening is suppose to be fun, relaxing and enjoyable. Yes, it is hard work at times, but overall you are suppose to enjoy it!You plant seeds or buy that reall... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Book!!


    I know it has been a LONG time since I posted, but I assure you it is for a good reason!Camellia season is in full swing and pretty much every weekend I have... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • American Camellia Society Convention and Flower Show

    American Camellia Society Convention Flower Show

    This particular article will definitely be off the beaten path for me. It is going to be a bunch of pictures.Let me explain the back story.I am a member of the... Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A New Year Has Begun!!

    Year Begun!!

    Happy New Year!You have probably heard that, or said that, about a million times already, and it is just past lunch time, January 1st!I have no problem with... Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • 2015 Citrus Expo Update!!!

    2015 Citrus Expo Update!!!

    Due to the extensive flooding in South Carolina, Cypress Gardens was hit hard. They are closed for repairs. We have moved the Citrus Expo, just a few miles... Read more

    Posted on 18 October 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • 2015 Southeastern Cold Hardy Citrus Expo

    The 2015 Southeastern Cold Hardy Citrus Expo is coming to the Charleston, SC area November, 21.It is being held at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner.I am... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • It's Almost Planting Time!!

    It's Almost Planting Time!!

    Yes, you read that correctly and it is still August!Most people think of spring as the time to start planting, I am here to tell you, that ain't necessarily so!! Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Resistance Is Futile!

    Resistance Futile!

    No, I have not become a part of the Borg collective. Only Star Trek geeks will get this.Actually what I want to talk about is food. When you are hungry, you go... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Never Give Up!

    Never Give

    As I write this on the 28th of June, it is almost 90 degrees outside. We haven't been below 70, even at night, for well over 6 weeks, and yet, I am dealing... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • A New Japanese Monster Movie?

    Japanese Monster Movie?

    I have mentioned in previous articles about my guilty pleasure of occasionally watching Japanese monster movies. You know, Godzilla, Mothra, etc. Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Salted


    Being in the nursery business, I get to talk to a lot of people about all kinds of plants and their problems. It can range from, needing something for a shady,... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Citrus Pruning in Mid Spring

    Citrus Pruning Spring

    To say the past two winters have been rough is probably an understatement! Many citrus trees took a pretty good hit and some have not survived, though many... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • 2015 Fruitmania GS

    2015 Fruitmania

    The new year is here and with it, new classes, new crops, and hopefully new blogs!! I wanted to start 2015 off with a really exciting item coming back to... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Getting Dirty

    As you know, I am a firm believer in getting outside, working in the garden and getting dirty. There are just so many things that make it right. It makes me fee... Read more

    Posted on 14 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Plant Tough Love

    Plant Tough Love

    There are many reasons to grow Camellias. As a shrub, it is evergreen and looks great all year round. It is a relatively carefree plant, it actually seems to... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Up Against The Wall

    Against Wall

    Working these last 10 years or so at a nursery has made me appreciate many things. Everybody has plants that they either love or just absolutely hate. I have... Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME