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Plant Tool Box

Click here to visit the Extension Master Gardener Tool Box.

butterfly plantsButterfly Puddles

How-to-video about attracting butterflies to your garden with a butterfly puddle here.

Master Gardener Handbook

Peruse the ultimate in gardening knowledge for Brunswick County. The Extension Master Gardener Handbook is available here online.

Pesticide Predicaments

Help is here with these guides about what to use and how to use it.


All things about your lawn click here.

Pop-Up Plant Sale and More


The Extension Master Gardener SM volunteers of Brunswick County invite you to a pop-up Plant Sale this Friday, July 12, 7:45-10:45 a.m. It will be located in the gravel lot outside the fenced area, across the street from the Cooperative Extension Office. Master Gardeners will be selling all remaining annuals and herbs, as well as a few tender perennials, for discounted prices (50 cents and a dollar or two). So, if you need to fill in a space where you have lost plants or need to start a new container, now is the time to pick those up!  CASH ONLY Sale



As we finish ordering for our Fall Plant Sale and begin our planning for plant sales in 2025, we welcome you telling us what you would like to see in our future sales. Please take a few minutes to go to the survey link here to let us know your plant wish list by Monday, July 15. We may not be able to source or grow everything you’ve requested, but we can certainly try to make your plant wishes come true.



Mark your calendar for our Fall Plant Sale now set as an in-person sale on Friday AND Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21. Watch for more information about the Fall Plant Sale coming to you soon.


As always, we appreciate your support of the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners plant sales!


Wanda Maggart and Lisa Schrager

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Brunswick County


Plant Clinics Being Held Near You!

 July 2024 Schedule


Do you need help with your lawn and garden?  Extension Staff and Master Gardener SM volunteers will be in two Brunswick County locations during July. 

Bring photos, garden samples and concerns to any of the following locations and we’ll be happy to assist!

Friday  7/12, 1-3:30pm:  Belville Riverwalk Park, Duke Pavilion, 580 River Rd Note time change

Thursday 7/18, 9:30-12:30 :  Southwest Branch Library, 9400  Ocean Highway

Saturday, 7/27, 9-noon: Belville Riverwalk Park, Duke Pavillion, 580 River Rd.

August 2024 Schedule


Friday 8/9, 1-3:30pm Belville Riverwalk Park, Duke Pavilion, 580 River Road

Saturday 8/24, 9-noon, Belville Riverwalk Park, Duke Pavilion, 580 River Road


Plant Clinics will resume in September at the following locations. Please check back for updates.

Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E Oak Island Drive

Southport, Indian Trails Meeting Hall, 113 West Moore Street

Plant Showcase

Kathy Copley’s latest installment is here: 

Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)


Kingsbrae Garden


To view all of our Showcased Plants, click here.


Create a Customized Planting List for Spring

Click here.

Brunswick County Newcomers’ Packet 

The Brunswick County Newcomers Packet has been refreshed and provides our residents with a wealth of information about plants that we suggest for our Zone 8A. A comprehensive resource for those new to gardening — it is meant to serve as a starting point as you select plants that will grow and thrive in our coastal environment. In this packet, you will find a wide variety of selections from annuals and perennials to large trees and to native plants.

The Brunswick County Extension Horticulture Staff and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are here for you, to help make the transition to gardening in a subtropical environment a little easier. We provide unbiased, research-based information to help improve the lives (and gardens) of our residents.

Click here for the Newcomers’ Packet.

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.


The mission of the North Carolina Native Plant Society 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

Million 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. Click here to register your garden through the Pollinator Partnership and be added to the map in support of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

Basics of Butterfly GardeningNABA_Decal

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.

Composting at Home:  An Introduction to the Basics 

If you missed the live session, which was attended by over 1400 people, you can watch the recording here:

Many thanks to Rhonda Sherman, NC State Extension Specialist, for sharing this webinar! 

Learn more! NC State Extension Composting portal:

Handling Flooding and Storm Damage in the Landscape

Click the link to see the NC State Extension article on this topic:

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