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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 May Garden To-Do List

    There’s still time to sow certain summer veggies. This might be the year to add something more to your patch of tomatoes and herbs. If you like okra, it’s my…

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    Southeast: How to Satisfy Your Zone Envy

    Why is it that I’m bound to fall the hardest for a plant that can’t grow in my zone? I call this feeling “zone envy.” When zone envy begins, so…

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    April Garden To-Do List for the Southeast

    April brings a whirlwind of activity for plants, animals, and gardeners alike. It almost doesn’t matter what you do in the garden, as long as you are out there doing…

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    Spring-Blooming Magnolias for the Southeast

    Nine out of 10 people who hear the word “magnolia” in the Southeast think of images of luxuriously large, creamy white flowers floating atop dark green and brown fuzzy-backed leaves;…

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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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    Surprising Winter- and Spring-Blooming Plant Lookalikes

    Here in the Southeast we always have something blooming, even in the poorly named “dead” of winter. Don’t think so? Just pay a bit more attention the next time you…

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    Southeast: February Garden To-Do List

    February is a month of paradox. It's often our coldest month and the one with the best chance of snow—yet flowers bloom even in snow here in the Southeast. You…

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    Southeast: January Garden To-Do List

    January is a fairly restful time for the Southeast gardener physically, but it provides fertile ground for growing your dreams, plans, and knowledge. Watch for frost-heaving of fall-planted perennials and…

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    Gardening Symposia in the Southeast

    A gardener’s work is never done. In the best of times, that’s a motivator that results in a sense of satisfaction after a good morning of weeding or planting. But…

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    Dwarf Conifers That Can Take the Heat

    Amid all the lush tropicality of the plants we grow in the Southeast, sometimes I crave something a bit more conservative. Think Scandinavian: efficient, solidly built, and designed to stand…