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Charlotte Talks: Interest In Gardening Grows During Pandemic

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Mike Collins digs into all things gardening.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Interest in gardening is on the rise as people look for more things they can do from home. Fall planting season is upon us and indoor plants are always in style. Mike Collins talks with gardening experts and takes your questions.

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#Houseplants are trending on Instagram.

Today we explore another aspect of this pandemic: gardening. Interest in gardening was increasing prior to the COVID-19 outbreak but with people staying closer to home, gardens have taken off as people search for things to do at home.

Indoor plants are becoming trendy, too, and of course, fall planting season is here. We discover what you can plant this fall and take your gardening questions.


Paula Gross, former associate director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and author of The Southeast Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden. She is also southeast regional reporter for Fine Gardening online.

Steven Capobianco, extension agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Horticulture and Agriculture for Mecklenburg County

David Blackley, owner of Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise in Matthews. They offer a wide variety of plants in their greenhouse, specialize in edible gardening, and keep garden seed for year-round gardening.

The houseplant trend has taken over Instagram. From one plant shop, Shades of Moss, in Charlotte:

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.