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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

    Southern Gardens After the First Frost

    “Aesthetics of decay” might sound like an exhibit at a modern art museum. But seasoned gardeners know there is something special about how a garden returns to itself in the…

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    South: December Garden To-Do List

    Winterize your irrigation system in areas where frost is possible if you have not done so already. Now is the time to avoid costly repairs later. Additionally, placing winter-freeze protection…

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    Gardening Gift Ideas 2019 for Southern Gardeners

    Some of the best gifts I’ve been given are garden related; they have upgraded my time in the garden through their usefulness, quality, or innovation. Countless new garden products emerge…

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    Unique Bulbs for the Southern Garden

    The term “bulb” has become a generic term for the assortment of “true” bulbs, corms, tubers, and even rhizomes we may plant in fall or spring. What I really mean…

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    South: November Garden To-Do List

    Plant trees and shrubs. November is an ideal time to plant hardy trees and shrubs. Water well after planting to ensure good establishment. Reduce disease pressure. If you noticed any…

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    Planting Trees in Fall

    Fall is one of the absolute best times for planting. This rings true for those of us in the South wanting to add trees, shrubs, or more herbaceous perennials to…

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    Ornamental Grasses in the Fall

    Taking center stage in many Southern gardens in fall are the artful plumes of ornamental grasses. The graceful seed heads of a variety of species should be in full glory…

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    South: October Garden To-Do List

    Plant some ornamental edibles to add interest to your landscape this month. Ornamental kale, ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets, Swiss chard, and pansies (Viola × wittrockiana cvs., annual), which have edible flowers,…

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    Mediterranean Plants for the Mid-South

    I often hear people say things like, “That plant prefers a Mediterranean climate.” A Mediterranean climate is often characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. It is additionally associated…

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    South: September To-Do List

    Collect seeds. This is a great time of year to go into your garden and collect seeds you may want to sow this winter. Store in a paper bag until…