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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.

  • Southeast Regional Reports

    Southeast: October Garden To-Do List

    Plant for the cool season. October is the April of autumn. So do some stretches or take a yoga class before gearing up and grabbing your spade—it’s prime planting time.…

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    Pest Alert: Kudzu Beetle

    There’s a (relatively) new bug in town, and its favorite hangout is the plant not so affectionately known as “the vine that ate the South”—kudzu (Pueraria montana, Zones 6–10). The…

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    Late-Blooming Perennials for the Southeast

    “Now, don’t you worry. He’s just a late bloomer.” This may not exactly qualify as a compliment in general conversation, but when it comes to the garden, late bloomers are…

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    Southeast: September Garden To-Do List

    Continue to water. Summer in the Southeast is not over yet. Annuals, tropicals, and late-blooming perennials can keep going through the beginning of November, so don’t abandon watering and grooming.…

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    Water-Wise Tips for the Southeast

    Much of the Southeast experienced a wet spring and early summer in 2019 and is heading into the feast or famine season (hurricane or drought) with lush landscapes. Hurricane season…

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    Tea Olive Shrubs for the Southeast

    If magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 7–9) and gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides, Zones 8–11) are the iconic plant perfumes of Southern summers, tea olive (Osmanthus spp. and cvs., Zones 6–11) breezes in…

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    Emerald Ash Borer Damage and Prevention

    Change happens, especially in nature. The predictable type of change, like the rhythmic cascades of the seasons or caterpillars reinventing themselves as butterflies, are reassuring, even inspiring. But catastrophic changes,…

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    Southeast: August Garden To-Do List

    Replace spent annuals. If some of your annuals are truly flagging, it’s OK to pull them out. Either replace them with some bold-foliaged heat-loving tropicals, or just mulch the bed,…

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    Crinum Lilies Are Long-Lasting Show-Stoppers

    If you’re a plant lover who lives in the Southeast, chances are you’ve heard of crinum lilies and may even have admired them blooming in old cemeteries or abandoned lots.…

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    Tropical Houseplants Can Be Stars of the Summer

    The longer I garden, the more I love seeing tropical plants growing outside of their pots, freed by adventurous and creative gardeners.  Having worked at a botanical garden with a…