6:30PM - 8:30PM
Ask any gardener or horticultural professional how she got into gardening and you will find a grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, mom, or dad in the answer. When we garden we don’t just grow plants, we grow gardeners. That is, if we take the time to share our experiences – something that happened without much thought in earlier generations.
A personal relationship with plants is as vital as ever, and it is on us to “seed the garden” by intentionally sharing these experiences with children. They are our future gardeners, farmers, and stewards of the natural world.
Challenges of tight schedules, lack of easy access to farms and gardens, and the ever-present screens exist, but the natural world is all around if you open your eyes to it. All it really takes is to set the intention of engaging, plus a few good ideas to get you started.
Paula will share some easy and fun ways to engage children with gardening and nature in your own backyard, as well as the public gardens and parks in Charlotte. It’s all there waiting to grow!
Paula Gross is the Associate Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens. After receiving her Master’s degree in Horticulture at the University of Georgia, she continued her education, hands-on, at Goodness Grows Nursery in Lexington, GA, where she fell in love with perennials. During her 18 years at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Paula has taught courses on botany and plant identification, developed programs for children and adults and helped guide the development of the greenhouse and gardens. 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 and teach. She is the co-author of the book Bizarre Botanicals and has written for Fine Gardening magazine.