The Rev. Jim Bennett was the guest speaker at the December meeting of the Senior Men’s Club of Aiken held recently at Woodside Country Club. Jim was born in Edison, Ga., where he grew up helping on the family farm and claims that his love of gardening stems from his grandparents.

Bennett spoke about the nationally syndicated television show that he once hosted and related some humorous stories that happened during the run of the program. The program was being carried by 150 stations – all of the cable networks and the Armed Forces Network. The show was the first of its kind and became immensely popular, reaching 88 million households each week. “The Weekend Gardener” ran for 13 years from 1980 to 1993. For 10 years, it was produced in Aiken.

Bennett said he was thankful to the many people for the success of the TV show. In 1988, the show was voted by the Garden Writers of America as the best garden show in America. Bennett, “The Weekend Gardener,” was recognized by a joint resolution of Congress as America’s favorite gardener.

Bennett gave all the credit to answered prayer as to why “The Weekend Gardener” was a success. Jim’s talk was enjoyed by all who attended.

Bennett attended Erskine Seminary in Due West. He has been a United Methodist minister for more than 20 years and is now serving at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Aiken as an associate minister to the senior members.