MY BLOG
The Citrus Guy
    Horticultural         Consultant

About
I enjoy teaching, writing, and helping others with their garden issues. I may not know everything there is to know about gardening and horticulture, but I have a big shovel and I know where to dig!
 
  I am originally from New Jersey, which is perfect, it is the garden state after all!!

     I have been in a garden or dealing with plants practically my entire life. I remember as a young boy, helping my mother with her garden and even having a small one myself. My very first plant was a wax begonia. I learned at an early age what root rot was. They do not need to be watered every day and sometimes twice a day.

      I would have to say, I have come a long way since then. I am a Certified Professional Nurseryman, a Charleston County Master Gardener and I am the manager at Terra Bella Garden Center in North Charleston, SC. Known as “The Citrus Guy” I have some 55 different varieties of Citrus in the yard, all in containers. 

     Even with my nickname, I am much more involved in things other than citrus. I have 200+ camellias in my yard. I am the current president of the Coastal Carolina Camellia Society, as well as their flower show chairman. I am also the current American Camellia Society South Carolina State Director, as well as a board member. As of November 2015, I became an accredited camellia flower show judge.

     When it comes to other fruit, I am also well versed. I was tired of hearing and seeing all of the fun the California Rare Fruit Growers were having over on the west coast. Being that we had nothing like that here on the east coast, I formed the Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society. I am their current president.
 
I received my nickname of "The Citrus Guy" when I became a Master Gardener back in 2007. My class found out that I was growing all kinds of different citrus trees and would tell each other that they needed to go talk to that Citrus Guy when they had a question about any. 

I was honored and humbled that folks thought I actually had something to offer. The name still sticks to this day, I have learned much more information since those early days, and yet I still feel humbled and honored that people come to me for help.