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Extension Gardener Handbook: Top Hat Interactive Version

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In partnership with Top Hat Monocle, we have  created an online, interactive version of the NC Extension Gardener Handbook.

The Entire Handbook is Available Online

Handbook Summary

This 728-page book provides practical tools like:

  • 1,067 color images
  • Detailed graphics, charts and diagrams
  • 109 tables including 5 diagnostic tables
  • Integrated Pest Management case studies
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Specific management strategies for insects, diseases, weeds, and other pests.

Written by a team of the state’s leading horticulture experts, it contains a wealth of information to support you in creating and managing thriving gardens, lawns, and landscapes. This is an essential book for serious gardeners in North Carolina and the southeast.

This online interactive version includes:

  • Reader’s guides
  • The ability to highlight text and to take notes 
  • Rollover glossary
  • Each botanical name is linked directly to the specific plant profile in the Plant Toolbox
  • Videos
  • Slide decks
  • Embedded interactive check your knowledge questions
  • Homework assignments
  • Quizzes, and an Exam

Those who take the Garden and Landscape course series, or sign up for the self-study version gain access to the online, interactive version of the handbook for life.

Examples of embedded Resources

Reader's Guide

Rollover GlossaryRollovver Glossary

All Botanical Names are Linked to the Plant Toolbox

botanical names

Each image is linked to the full-resolution source image and has the photographer and the Creative Commons license identified.

[Figure 5-3] Image Courtesy of honey-bee under CC-BY-2.0

Videos are embedded in the text

Integrated Questions/Check your knowledge throughout the book

Sample Question

  • Slide Decks for each chapter.


This is the textbook for the Garden and Landscape Online Course Series and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program initial training.

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


School: Extension Gardener

Top Hat Join Code: 275675

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This content is also available in other formats including Hardcover books, and online. More Information on the Extension Gardener Handbook

There is also a Teacher’s guide with Instructional Resources.

For more information contact