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In partnership with Top Hat Monocle, we have just released an online interactive version of the NC Extension Gardener Handbook along with instructor resources. It is available for free to instructors using the Top Hat version and for a fee to students in Top Hat courses and individuals for self-study. Printable flyer.

To Hat Benefits

The Entire Handbook is Available in an Interactive Format Online

Handbook Summary

The interactive digital textbook includes content, IPM case studies, Diagnostic Tables, Charts, Diagrams, Photographs, Answers to frequently asked questions, Videos, a Roll-over glossary, Interactive Activities, and each botanical name is linked to the specific plant profile in the Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox.

Instructor Resources

Reader’s Guides, Slide Decks, Homework assignments, Quizzes, and an Exam.

Reader's Guide
  • Slide Decks for each chapter.


Top Hat: Alll-in-one Teaching Solution Summary of Top Hat components

Additional resources available to instructors

  • Interactive Activities & Demonstrations:  Directions for 3 to 6 stations with interactive activities for each chapter.


You can Edit

Tailor the book to your specific region and the needs of your students.


Quotes from Agents teaching Extension Master Gardener Classes using the Top Hat version of the Extension Gardener Handbook:

We are attracting a different/broader clientele.” Matt Stevens, Horticulture Agent, Nash County, and Julie Flowers, Horticulture Agent, Gaston and Cleveland Counties.

My students are more engaged and better prepared.” Shawn Banks, County Director, Carteret County.

The materials are excellent!“, Alison Arnold, Buncombe

“Tracking performance is so easy! I know immediately who understands and who needs help.” Kara Carlton, Idaho Master Gardener Program Coordinator.

The support from Top Hat is excellent”  Doug Clement, County Director Cherokee County, and Julie Flowers, Horticulture Agent, Gaston, and Cleveland Counties.


Links for Extension agents and other instructors interested in using the handbook to teach a course:

For individual self-study, purchase a copy of the interactive handbook,

School: Extension Gardener

Top Hat Join Code: 275675

       Support page:

The Extension Gardener Handbook is available in three formats:

For more information contact