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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.

Landscape Basics for Successful Gardening in Coastal Carolina

Are you “new” (or not so “new”) to Brunswick County NC? Want to create a pleasing outdoor space and perhaps work smarter, not harder?

Join us for an in-person class in Landscape Basics:  Right Plant/Plant Right Place

Session topics will include Soil Fundamentals; Fundamentals of creating a pleasing landscape in your yard, what grows best here, landscaping with native plants, and a tour of our onsite Educational Botanical Garden.

A wealth of related resource material will also be available to attendees.


Learn more here: Landscape Basics for Successful Gardening in Coastal Carolina – May 18, 2024

Spring Plant Sale May 3, 2024
(Rain Date May 4)

The Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers of Brunswick County are excited to announce some of the special selections planned for our Spring Plant Sale on Friday, May 3, 2024(Rain date May4), beginning at 9:00am to noon (or sell-out). The sale will take place behind the fenced area across the road from the Botanical Demonstration Garden off Referendum Drive in Bolivia, NC.

We are thrilled to offer four varieties of native Azaleas not readily available from retailers. Keep an eye out for the Tractor Seat plant (Farfugium giganteum), the Paperbush plant (Edgeworthia chrysantha), Chinese Snowball tree (Viburnum macrocephalum), and the 2024 Landscape Perennial of the year, Amsonia ‘Storm Cloud.’  We will also have selections of Japanese maples, blueberry bushes, Michelia ‘Stellar Ruby,’ Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana), vining plants, and much more.

Plan to come early for the best choices as we must manage the customer flow from the selection area to the checkout tent. Most shrubs will be 3 gallon size. Prices will vary and quantities may be limited based on availability. We hope you will also visit the Botanical Garden where we will have docents available before and during the sale to answer questions. All profits from our plant sales are used to help maintain the gardens and support educational and outreach efforts of the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension.

Rain barrels will also be available for purchase, $75 each.

For questions, please contact us at  Come see us on May 3rd!

PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED – Mastercard and Visa credit cards only
For this sale, we will accept payment by cash, check, or Mastercard / Visa credit cards (please be aware that credit card users will pay an additional 3 percent to cover the charges by credit card companies).

In the event of inclement weather any changes to time or date will be shown on our association websites, and

For a list of plants that will plan to have click here.  Availabilty is subject to change.

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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