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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

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Privacy Screens and Plant Disease

The perfect solution for a fast-growing privacy screen might appear to be Leyland cypress (x Hesperotropsis leylandii), or some species …

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Elaeagnus Pungens: Off to an Early Start

Thorny eleagnus (Elaeagus pungens), also known as silverthorn and thorny olive, is one of the most serious non-native invasive plant threats …

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Casemaking Moth

“There is no way this structure was made by an insect!” Or so I thought. Luckily, we have the …

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Scout for Bagworm Bags Now

Protective bag of a bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) on a baldcypress twig, late February 2020. Scout for these bags in the …

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Shortleaf Pines in Craven County

The four native pines indigenous to Craven County are loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), longleaf pine (P. palustris), pond pine …

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American Holly Chimera

Yellow-fruited American hollies (Ilex opaca) are not uncommon in the nursery trade. We have a nice one here on …

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Algal Leaf Spot

January is a good time to inspect southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) for the presence of algal leaf spot. According …

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Southern Magnolia Leaf Variation

The presence or absence of pubescence (trichomes) on foliage, and their appearance, can be significant plant identification features. However, for …