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Dr. Andy Pulte

Andy grew up in the nursery industry in Grand Island, NE. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from the University of Tennessee, where he is now on faculty in the same department. His current responsibilities include teaching, advising, and coordination of the UT Plant Sciences undergraduate program. Additionally, he speaks regularly to diverse groups and travels extensively to feed his passion for people and plants. Over his career, he has contributed to a variety of gardening publications and hosted a gardening radio show. He is also an internationally certified arborist. Andy gardens in a residential community north of Knoxville, TN. He seeks out unusual plants for his home garden that inspire questions from those who visit. He and his wife Beccy have two outdoor-loving young boys who are always looking for their next adventure.

  • South Regional Reports

    Catalpa Trees, Catawba Worms, and Southern Lore

    I love catalpa trees (Catalpa spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9). If you travel through the South, you might often find them as grand specimens in Progressive-era neighborhoods and older city…

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    Pruning Spring-Flowering Trees in the South

    Spring reaches its blooming crescendo with spring-flowering trees. Dogwoods (Cornus spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9), redbuds (Cercis spp. and cvs., Zones 4–10), crabapples (Malus spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9)—the list…

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    South May Garden To-Do List

    Plant warm-season veggies. For diligent vegetable gardeners, sometime in May is often a good time for the second round of planting for some warm-season crops (corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes). Planting…

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    Spring Bulb After-Care in the Southern Garden

    I am happy to declare there is no such thing as a normal spring in the South. Or, perhaps, unpredictability is what is normal. For Southerners, spring often seems early…

  • South Regional Reports

    April Garden To-Do List for the South

    For most of the South, April brings with it the promise that frost is behind us. For our region, soggy weather and even flooding have been the precursor to spring.…

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    Red Roselle Is a Unique Hibiscus for the Edible or Ornamental Garden

    Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Zones 9–11) continues to get attention from those wishing to introduce a unique edible to their garden. Gardeners everywhere are adding this wonderfully versatile plant to their…

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    March Garden To-Do List for the South

    This month has many things to get excited about. Forget all of that “in like a lion” stuff: March in the South is full of gardening tasks and surprises. It’s…

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    Field Trip Notes From Congaree National Park

    Thirty minutes from Columbia, South Carolina—and not that far out of the way for anyone traveling to the beach on the Atlantic Coast—Congaree National Park is waiting to be explored.…

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    South: February Garden To-Do List

    Don’t let any mild days pass by this month. There is plenty to do in the garden. Spring ephemerals are starting their show, and some of the earliest-blooming landscape plants…

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    Welcome Conifers From the West to Your Southern Garden

    I love visiting the Pacific Northwest and being inspired by its flora. The climate is ideal for growing many wonderful plants. Many of these plants have made their way back…

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