Now is the time to SOIL TEST
How to do a Soil Sample for Testing, Where to get a Soil Test Kit in Mecklenburg County
Become A Master Gardener
If you have an interest in gardening, a strong desire to share your time and your gardening knowledge with others in our community, along with a love of lifelong learning, you may be a good candidate for the Master Gardener program. Find out about becoming an EMGV here. Applications are accepted all year long. The next session begins in January 2016.
A Winter's Stroll at Freedom or Indy Park Your fun, casual walk in the Demonstration Gardens just got a little educational boost! See something wonderful? - plant, trees, shrub - that you'd like to know more about maybe even grow? aim your scan for a QR quick response on these signs and find the plant specifics right away. Your smart phone takes you directly (no ads, no re-directs) to information about "this plant" at NCSU plants.ces.ncsu.edu/ . A wonderful resource site for plant answers.
Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs
Trees and Shrubs
Spider Azalea: You want different? You got it! Rhododendron linearifolium is anything but your garden variety rhodo. With fascinatingly willowy, fuzzy olive-green leaves, it really wouldn’t matter if this semi-evergreen shrub never bloomed....
by Andrea Sprott EMGVE
Winter Daphne is a fabulous shrub, often called an aristocrat in the plant world due to its many superior characteristics. First and foremost, it blooms in winter.
by Maureen McCracken EMGV
Camellia japonicas are often blooming when little else is happening in the typical gardener’s landscape. Most flower late winter until early spring. Compared to other camellias, they tend to have larger leaves and blooms, and their shape tends to be....
More in Camellia Primer by Tom Nunnenkamp EMGV, photo Margaret Genkins EMGV
A good time to catch-up and plan for next years garden
EDIBLES Vegetables & Fruits
The NC State Extension Gardener 2016 Piedmont Edition newsletter
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RIGHT PLANT, Right Place take this handy Grow Guide with you to shop for your 'right plant'. Full of great suggestions on natives, landscape, soil. Focused on growing well in Mecklenburg County.
Native Plants with Winter Interest in the Demonstration Gardens by Debbie Blystone EMGV
"Winter can bring its own special beauty to a garden with just a little effort on the part of the garden designer. When the annuals have been pulled and the perennials have been cut back to the ground the “bones” of the garden take over and put on a show of their own"...read more...
Into winter at Freedom Park
EAT Healthy Local Food
more about....Sweet Potatoes