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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

    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…

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    The Fight Against Japanese Beetles

    When summer begins in your garden, whether on the patio or in the landscape, an ecosystem of living organisms brings insects to the front and center. The appearance of Japanese…

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    Southeast: July To Do

    Attend to your annuals. Annuals could start showing signs of fatigue from high temperatures. Consistent watering is key for all, and some may benefit from a trim and fertilization. Prune…

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    A Pair of No-Melt Perennials for Heat and Humidity | Southeast Regional Report

    Spend a summer day with any recent human transplant to the Southeast and I will wager that you’re going to hear, “It’s not the heat—it’s the humidity!” exclaimed with fatigued…

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    Southeast: June Garden To-Do List

    Think about pruning. Consider a June prune on winter- and spring-flowering shrubs or trees that need reducing in size or shaping. It’s fine to prune evergreens (through July) if you…

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    How to Garden More Now So You Can Garden Less in July | Southeast Regional Report

    I’m not here to pop the rainbow-colored bubble you call “spring,” but here in the Southeast, summer does follow closely on its heels. That first blast of humid air on…

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    Southeast: May Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Plant summer annuals. Early in the month, pull out your pansies and plant summer annuals, whether in the ground or containers. Winter annuals may still look pretty good, but it…