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Paula Gross

Paula holds a Master’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia and is the former Associate Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens. For twenty years, Paula taught courses on botany, plant identification, and economic botany, as well as lead the creation of both children’s and adult education programs and helped guide the growth of greenhouse and gardens. She continues her love of  sharing the world of plants with people through teaching part time in the Horticulture department at Central Piedmont Community College. Her deep belief that the connection between plants and people is vital for the health of both individual and planet is what inspires her to write, teach, and consult. She is co-author of the book Bizarre Botanicals with Larry Mellichamp.

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    Southeast August Garden To-Do List

    Seed now for spring-blooming cottage-garden favorites. If every spring you covet the drifts of breadseed poppies (Papaver somniferum, annual), love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena, annual), and rocket larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual) in…

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    Southeast July Garden To-Do List

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    Pollinators are having their day in our sun. I’m talking about the focused rays of human attention and study. By now, you’ve heard the sobering statistics about the decline in…

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    Southeast June Garden To-Do List

    Divide bearded irises. If your garden includes good old-fashioned bearded irises (Iris × germanica, Zones 4–9), ask yourself when you last divided your clumps. If it’s been longer than five…

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    Southeast May Garden To-Do List

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    Southeast: How to Satisfy Your Zone Envy

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    April Garden To-Do List for the Southeast

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    Spring-Blooming Magnolias for the Southeast

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    March To-Do List for the Southeast

    March is the new April, y’all. Or maybe April is the new May? I think I’ll throw out the calendar and just spend more time out in the garden clocking…

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