This feature is from the November 2022 issue of SDPB Magazine. See the full issue HERE.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting exists because of the support we receive from individuals who love our programming. Another source of support comes from organizations that partner with us to fulfill our mission. We are grateful for their financial assistance which helps pay for the programs and services SDPB provides. Among our many corporate partners is McCrory Gardens, which was established at South Dakota State University in 1965.
We sat down with Lisa Marotz, Director of Operations, who told us about the garden and the benefits of partnering with SDPB. Lisa describes McCrory Gardens as a “living museum of plant and tree collections.” What used to be a cornfield is now 25 acres of manicured botanical gardens.
Lisa explains, “The mission statement for McCrory Gardens is connecting people and plants through education, research, discovery, and enjoyment of the naturally built landscape. I understand that South Dakota Public Broadcasting is about education. It’s about the experience; it’s about outreach. To me, they are a perfect fit.” She goes on to say that they value tradition at the garden, and it aligns well with the tradition at SDPB to provide truthful content. “The programming has been done well; it’s been researched. It’s not going to be put forth unless it is accurate.”
“One of my greatest gifts that I received from South Dakota Public Broadcasting is the opportunity to tell any and all who listen, read, or watch that we have Garden Glow. In 2021, we had over 11,000 visitors to a botanical garden in South Dakota in December to see the lights.” Lisa says the partnership between SDPB and McCrory gardens is personal and mutually beneficial. “It’s our relationships that keep me coming back. I don’t have to give it a second thought. It’s all generations that come and enjoy the gardens, all generations that enjoy what you have to offer as well through all of your different types of outreach.”
We are so thankful for our relationship with our partners like McCrory gardens. Because of their support, we can bring our viewers the programming and resources we do, and in return, we can promote businesses that help our community and state flourish.