Garden Glitch? Get Some Advice That’s Good to Grow
Q: What is the Wayne Co. Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic?
A: With spring fast approaching, people are ready to start working in their home landscapes, lawns and gardens. Often people have questions about how to care for plants and deal with gardening problems. This is where the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic can help.
An Extension Master Gardener is a volunteer for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Many county extension offices have a county Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. Volunteers are selected through an application process, complete a 40-hour training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40-hour internship. Once the internship is complete, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers remain active by completing a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.
The mission of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is to provide unbiased, research based information to gardeners on lawns, landscapes, and gardens. The information that Extension Master Gardeners provide are ones that guide homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes and gardens.
In Wayne County, we have an active group of volunteers that assist our local Extension Office in reaching that mission. If one is interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Wayne County, you can call our local Extension Office at 919-731-1525 and ask to be put on a mailing list to be sent information and an application in the fall. Training for new volunteers is offered at the beginning of each year.
One of the most important projects the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers do is provide a plant clinic at our office for Wayne County. The plant clinic is open every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm from March through September. Two Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are in the plant clinic during these times to assist the public with their gardening questions. One of the great things about the plant clinic is that volunteers have been trained to provide educational gardening information from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office that is practical and reliable. Volunteers will utilize resources through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service to determine an answer and best solution. Although volunteers do handle many types of gardening questions, there are a few types of questions that the volunteers are not trained to handle, including: indoor pests, commercial horticulture, hazardous tree evaluation, or medical/legal questions.
The plant clinic is a free service open to any citizen in Wayne County that has home gardening questions. One can reach the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic by phone at 919-731-1433, e-mail at Master.Gardener@waynegov.com, or stopping by Room 100 of the Wayne County Extension Office (208 West Chestnut Street, Goldsboro). People contacting the plant clinic with questions are encouraged to bring samples and/or pictures that could help in reaching a solution.
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North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Wayne County Center
P. O. Box 68
Goldsboro, NC 27533