Since 1979 North Carolina State Extension Master GardenerSMVolunteers have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns and landscapes.
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research based information on gardens, lawns and landscapes and to provide answers to the challenging environment of gardening in southeastern North Carolina.

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  Extension Master Gardener Volunteer ‘House Calls’ 

 Do you have gardening problems that you cannot solve?

Would you like a ‘House Call’ to talk about your lawn or garden?

Our  ‘House Calls’ program helps gardeners be more successful.
‘House Call’ teams are comprised of Extension Master Gardener Volunteers who have completed their course work at NCSU Extension Services and are experienced gardeners.
A $50 donation is requested with all proceeds going directly into the maintenance and enhancement of the Brunswick County Botanical Garden in Bolivia, N.C.   Cal Tom Woods, Extension, at 910-253-2610 to schedule your visit.

  Rose Garden Pruning Workshop 2017

The Botanical Rose Garden was the site of a rose pruning workshop led by Ellie Bierman.  After Ellie demonstrated pruning techniques on a variety of rose bush types the participants were ‘turned loose’ on several bushes in the government complex to practice what they learned. A bonus benefit from the workshop was watching as Sam Marshall practiced proper crepe myrtle pruning on several of the garden’s specimens.
If you forgot to sign up for the Rose Garden Team  — there is still time! This year’s plans involve adding approximately eight new bushes, including two tree roses.  Also the garden responsibility will be divided into five zones, and everyone will get a chance to oversee their particular garden section with its specific roses. What a great way to learn more about one of the prettiest flower forms. Whether you are an experienced rosarian or a novice looking to learn, please consider joining our team.
For more information please contact either Ellie Bierman or Anne Coleman

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Extension Master Gardener Volunteers…Do you need to enter your volunteer hours or sign up for the Info Line?  Visit the NCSU website here.

Visit the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association to read the latest newsletter, get information on purchasing the NC Extension Master Gardener license plates and more. 

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Check Back in Sprung 2018  for information about  Plant Sales 

Thanks to Krystyna Ochota for the photo.


Integrated Pest Management

Traditional pest control involves the routine application of pesticides. IPM, in contrast focuses on pest prevention and using pesticides only as needed. IPM programs take advantage of all appropriate pest management strategies, including the judicious use of pesticides. Read more here.


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ncnps_logoOur mission is to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation, and advocacy. Check out the website to learn of speakers, plant ID, and native plant events.  Read more about Natives using our links here.

Pollinator garden challenge

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America.Register your garden through the Pollinator Partnership and be added to the map in support of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. 


 Begin planning your garden with the Basics of Butterfly Gardening, from the North American Butterfly Association. Learn which native plants are suitable for butterfly gardens in your location, with Regional Butterfly Garden Guides.