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butterfly plantsButterfly Puddles

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


Plant Tool Box

Click here to visit the Extension Master Gardener Tool Box.

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.

Day in the Yard Registration Opening Nov 15th

   The popular Day-in-the-Yard Class taught by Brunswick County Extension Master GardenersSM and Extension Staff returns in January, 2022. The class will be presented via Zoom on Mondays from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, beginning on January 24, 2022. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for a limited time by registered attendees.

   The series provides the basic unbiased, research-based information needed to maintain your lawn and garden in our Zone 8 Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Each of the topics below will be presented on separate days during the 8-week series. These topics include:

Intro/Soil Fundamentals

Turf and Fertilization

Insects/Diseases/Integrated Pest Management

Growing Vegetables

All about Woody Ornamentals

Pruning Practices

Annuals and Perennials that grow well here

Native Plants in the Landscape

   Registrants must register for the entire series. The fee is $75.00 and will help to support the Master GardenersSM efforts in maintaining the Botanical Garden in Bolivia, as well as educational outreach activities such as Habitat for Humanity, Speakers Bureau, etc.

          Register Here:  Eventbrite Day in the Yard Registration

   After registering, participants will receive an e-mail with the Zoom link in advance of the class.

Come visit the Brunswick County
Botanical Demonstration Garden hosted
by Brunswick County Extension Master Gardeners
October 23, 2021 9:00 am – Noon

For More Information 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.

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:

Extension Gardener Handbook, Composting chapter:

Handling Flooding and Storm Damage in the Landscape

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