Puzzle in the Garden? Clinic Can Help Solve It

— Written By Diane Lynch

Article written by Jessica Strickland, Extension Agent-Horticulture

Q: Where can I find answers to my gardening questions?

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 919-731-1520 and ask to be put on a mailing list to be sent information and an application in October. Training for new volunteers selected for the program is 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 residents. The plant clinic is open every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 resource to Wayne County residents who have 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.

Upcoming Wayne County Extension Gardening Programs:

  • Wayne County “Successful Gardening” Spring 2014 Workshop Series. The Wayne County Extension Office will be offering workshops featuring gardening topics in various locations and times this spring. Register for workshops by calling the Wayne Co. Extension Office at 919-731-1520.

Lawn Care 101

  • Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon at Wayne County Extension Office, 208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro. Workshop is free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, April 9, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro.

Pest Management for Home Vegetable & Fruit Gardens

  • Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro.

Save the date for the annual Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Spring Plant Sale! This year’s plant sale will be Saturday, April 26th at the Wayne Center of the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office (208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro). Doors will open at 9 a.m. until noon.

Learn More!

  •  Visit our website at https://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/. Click on “Lawn & Garden” on left side of webpage.
  • “Like” us on Facebook to receive timely garden tips, ask questions, and learn of upcoming gardening events. www.facebook.com/waynecountygardening

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Jessica Strickland
Extension Agent
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Wayne County Center
P. O. Box 68
Goldsboro, NC 27533
E-Mail: jessica.strickland@waynegov.com
Phone: 919-731-1520
Fax: 919-731-1511