How I Go Columbia Carolyn Rightsell

Gayle Gilson & Carolyn Rightsell, co-chairs LCMGV 2015 Garden Tour
Gayle Gilson & Carolyn Rightsell, co-chairs LCMGV 2015 Garden Tour Carolyn Rightsell

Carolyn Rightsell likes to spend her time working with the Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers. The group is part of the Clemson Extension Master Gardener program, which offers gardening support and helps “make your brown thumb turn green.”

Rightsell is the co-chair of the LCMGV’s garden tour event, happening today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will tour six gardens at six Lexington County homes.

“It’s an enjoyable, relaxing, fun day, as well as an educational one where people can see new plants and ask questions that they have,” Rightsell said.

Rightsell spent most of her life in Lexington, but now lives in Columbia. When she’s not in the garden with the LCMGV, she likes flexing her green thumb and her creativity elsewhere.

EAT “There’s a variety of places I like to go ... I love Vegetable Medley (and Chavis Bar-B-Que in Lexington),” Rightsell said.

Rightsell also enjoys many chain restaurants with locations in Columbia, including Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

DRINK Rightsell is no-frills when it comes to beverages. Instead of colorful cocktails or foamy lattes, “I just like soda, tea or a glass of water with lemon,” she said.

PLAY Horticulture and gardening are some of Rightsell’s favorite activities. Besides her work with the LCMGV, she volunteers twice a week with the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens horticulture department.

WATCH Rightsell enjoys dinner theater productions; she most recently saw one on a riverboat cruise. There are two murder mystery dinner theater locations in the Midlands. Theatre Rowe Productions has locations in Lexington and Columbia.

SEE Rightsell’s favorite place to bring visitors to Columbia is the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The zoo has animals including giraffes, lions and elephants, while the 70-acre botanical gardens have been named among the 20 best public gardens in the country by HGTV.

IF YOU GO The Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers will lead garden tours starting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Tours start at 229 Shoal Wood Dr., Lexington. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 if purchased at the first stop on the tour.

Amanda C. Coyne