Silky Dogwood

Cornus amomum, commonly called silky dogwood, is native to North America from Newfoundland to Florida. It prefers average to medium wet soil that is well-drained and slightly acidic. A layer of mulch should be used around the base to keep the roots cool and moist in summer. Silky dogwood may … Read More

Container Gardening Offers Limitless Options

  There are several advantages for growing plants in containers.  Containers can be placed a level that allow easy access for those with physical limitations.  The environment of the plant can be changed by moving the plant from sun to shade.  For homeowners that do not have a large yard, … Read More

Stop and Smell the Roses

By Pat Naughton   The Brunswick County Botanical Gardens are located adjacent to the County Extension office in the Bolivia Government Center.  The rose garden has approximately 50 different varieties.  Some of the types of roses that will catch your eye include, hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, shrubs, miniatures, polyanthas, climbers, … Read More

Preparing Plants for Springtime

By Pat Naughton   With the warmer weather of March, plants are beginning to start new growth.  Now is a good time get plants ready for springtime.   To prune or not to prune, that is the question.  For flowering plants that bloom in spring pruning should be done after … Read More

The Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2020

By Pat Naughton   Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.  Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and … Read More

Indoor Plants for a Healthy House

By Pat Naughton   Winter is here and that means spending more time indoors.  Cabin fever is not the only illness that can come from being cooped up indoors.  Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) are given off from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals that may have … Read More

Holiday Decorations Using Yard Plants

By Pat Naughton Bring the beauty of the backyard to your table to brighten up the holidays.  Evergreens, pinecones, and bright berries can be used to make colorful centerpieces.  Here are a few decorations made from plants in my backyard.   Set the stage for a centerpiece with a ring … Read More

Botanical Garden Edible Garden is More than Meets the Eye

By Pat Naughton   There is a Thanksgiving bounty in the Edible Garden of the Brunswick County Botanical Gardens.  This demonstration garden features colorful plants that taste just as great as they look.  Many of the plants in the garden will be maturing in November.    Experienced Master Gardener Volunteers … Read More

Effective Methods for Controlling Moles in Lawns

By Pat Naughton Controlling mole mounds can be frustrating.  Fall is a time when critters are thinking about two things, food and habitat.  Moles feed on insects, worms, and other invertebrates living in your soil.  This time of year they live close to the surface and easy meal for moles.  … Read More

What is this Plant?

By Pat Naughton The most common question Master Gardeners are asked is, “What is this plant?”.  Plant identification is an art and science.  The North Carolina State Extension Service offers a six-week course just on this topic. Fortunately, there are some free apps that Master Gardeners use to get an … Read More

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