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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.

Ask an Expert!


Ask your questions to receive personalized answers from North Carolina Cooperative Extension experts. 

Pesticide Predicaments

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


All things about your lawn click here.

The latest Plant Sale Information can be found at our Plant Sale Website,

Day in the Yard Program


New to coastal gardening? Struggling with plant health and selection? Even if you are a long-time resident of Brunswick County, you will learn something new in our Day in the Yard program of seven classes. These are held on Zoom . . . so no travel is needed . . . and recordings are then made available. Classes start Monday, October 2, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and run through Nov. 13. Don’t wait another minute. Go here  October 2023 Day in the Yard Class to register!

Day in the Yard Registration

Our popular Day in the Yard program begins Oct. 2, with registration closing Sept. 27. Numbers are low for the program right now. If a good number of folks don’t sign up, we will have to cancel the program for this fall. Below are the details for you to consider enrolling. To register, please access the Eventbrite site at  October 2023 Day in the Yard Class

Program Details

This $80 program will be held by Zoom beginning Monday, Oct. 2, and every Monday until Nov. 13. Each program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The next day, you will receive the taped program to review for a week (in case you can’t do the Zoom live or want to review something you saw and heard). You will also be sent resources you can download on your computer about the Zoom topic of that week and keep handy for future reference. The focus of Day in the Yard is to teach you about gardening in our Zone 8 coastal environment. Taught by Extension Staff and Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, the topics are as follows:

  • Introduction and Soil Fundamentals;
  • Turf and Fertilization;
  • Insects/Diseases/Integrated Pest Management;
  • Growing Vegetables;
  • All about Woody Ornamentals;
  • Annuals and Perennials that Grow Well Here; and
  • Native Plants in the Landscape.

Plant Showcase

Kathy Copley’s latest installment to the Plant Showcase, click here: Tithonia rotundifolia

Click here to see all Plant Showcase articles

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.

Extension Gardener

Read the latest edition of the Extension Gardener. Have you subscribed to the Extension Gardener quarterly newsletter? Link here to subscribe.


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

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