Alex spent his summers as a kid growing hundreds of tropical plants in his NYC yard. Now, Alex has an assortment of tropical plants growing on his porch in South Carolina and has an organic garden at WLTX  (#GandysGarden on Twitter). The idea for this garden started in 2014 with WLTX’s, now retired, chief meteorologist, Jim Gandy. Alex’s work in Gandy’s Garden brings fresh produce for the team and lots of garden and weather tips for viewers who follow along.

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Gardening at News 19 (Gandy’s Garden)


Sample of Garden Segments

(You can also find these in the YouTube Playlist above)

2021 Year in Review from the Garden | 2021 was an amazing year to garden. Together we grew tasty produce in a year where pandemic shortages and extreme weather made growing food more than a hobby. Join me for a look back. Plants bring out the best in people!

What’s Gandy’s Garden? | Earth Day enters its 50th year and to celebrate the milestone, Meteorologist Alex Calamia started a Facebook group called WLTX Gandy’s Gardeners to bring together WLTX viewers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex updates us on the group’s success 1 year later on Earth Day 2021 and explains how Gandy’s Garden got its start for Earth Day 2020.

Deer & Drought | Deer will eat just about anything, especially during a drought like we’ve seen in Fall 2019. I’ve dedicated a place in the garden to show off plants that are resistant to deer damage.

In the Community | Our team took “Gandy’s Garden” on the road (literally!) right in the middle of the Five Points neighborhood. In this live shot, I show off the plants I selected for the autumn garden and how food security is more challenging because of Climate Change.

Social Distancing? Try Gardening! | Join our meteorologist, Alex Calamia in Gandy’s garden as he works on social distancing and gardening.

Alex’s Personal Garden