Wayne Extension Master Gardener Plant Clinic Opens April 4th!

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

 A:        With the arrival of warmer temperatures, 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’s provide several ways to help answer your questions.

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 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 30 volunteers that assist our local Extension Office in reaching that mission

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 April through August.  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.

This season the plant clinic will open on Monday, April 4th.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).

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Jessica Strickland is an Agriculture Extension Agent, specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. Horticulture program information can be found at http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/. Forward any questions you would like answered from this week’s column to Jessica.Strickland@waynegov.com.

Upcoming Wayne County Extension Gardening Programs

  • Save the date for the annual Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 23rd at the Wayne County Extension Office (208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro). The Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have a great event planned with gardening demonstrations, kids activities, along with a great plants for sale. Volunteers will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions along with having publications and soil test kits available. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and stay open until noon.
  • ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ Clinics in April. Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be holding several ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ clinics at local events in April. Stop by their booth to get answers to your gardening questions along with picking up publications and soil sample kits. Visit them at the following events:
    • Home & Garden Show – April 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sun. April 17th from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wayne Regional Agriculture Fairgrounds
    • Garden Center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base – April 30th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Wayne County Reads Festival at Herman Park – May 1st from 1 to 5 p.m.