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Almanac Gardener:

Archive of the weekly, one-half-hour, gardening show on UNC-TV chock full of gardening tips, techniques, and insights for ornamental landscapes, vegetable & flower gardening, water conservation, beneficial bugs, and much more!

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Bee Keeper Education and Engagement System

Online resource for beekeepers at all levels. Beginner, Advanced, and Ambassador level training in honey bee biology, honey bee management, and the honey bee industry. No specialized equipment or prior experience is necessary.

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Check Your Dirt NC

A quick survey about your garden to identify risks and management strategies for chemical soil contaminants.


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Community Gardens

Find a community garden near you; learn how to start a new garden; or find resources to support an existing one.

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Extension Gardener Handbook

Free online, hardcover version, and interactive online version with Instructor Resources.

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Extension Gardener Newsletter

Quarterly newsletters focused on the North Carolina coastal plain, mountains, and piedmont. Articles are written by horticultural experts with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

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Extension Master Gardenersm Program

Since 1979 North Carolina Master Gardenersm Volunteers have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns, and landscapes.

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Food Safety in the Garden

Specific strategies for protecting food safety in school and community gardens.

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In the Garden with Bryce Lane

Emmy® award-winning half-hour home horticulture show offers practical tips on growing plants and home landscaping without spending a lot of time or money. It showcases beautiful gardens.


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International Travel with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

NC State Extension Master Gardener Service-Learning, Educational Travel-Study Adventures Around the World experiencing plants, insects, animals, ecology, biodiversity, geography, history, and horticulture production.

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JC Raulston Arboretum

Nationally acclaimed research and teaching garden with the most diverse collection of cold hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States. JCRA focuses on the evaluation, selection, and display of plant material gathered from around the world. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are identified in an effort to find better plants for southern landscapes.

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Online, Non-Credit, Plant Identification Courses

Asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit courses. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet. The course resources are available 24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and for 6 months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online.


Plants, Pests, and Pathogens:

Recordings of this free two-hour webinar are brought to you by the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, and the Departments of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Horticultural Science. Broadcast live as in-service training for Master Gardener Volunteers and Horticulture Agents. Schedules, speaker profiles, and links to recordings are available to the public.

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Research-based information on gardens lawns and landscapes



Our stories explore gardening in our region, the intersection of horticulture and innovation, and the people who are leading the way.

TV Radio schedule Television, Radio, and Newspaper: Programs and columns done by Extension Volunteers and Professionals across the state.
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Turf, Lawn, Grass: 

Identification, Insect, Disease, and Weed Management, Troubleshooting

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Wildlife Friendly Landscapes

Native plants are better for wildlife and for the environment. Learn about problems caused by invasive, exotic plants and discover native alternatives. Create your own native plant landscape that’s attractive to wildlife and people with our step-by-step guide that helps you choose the right plants for your landscape.

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