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Description: Interested in gardening? Learn about sustainable, science-based gardening practices from North Carolina Cooperative Extension in this 7 class series.The Extension Gardener Series includes lectures and hands-on classes for home and community gardeners on how to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, and more. Using the latest research in applied horticulture sciences from NC State University and other land grant institutions, participants will learn how to grow food sustainably and how to incorporate native plants into their landscape to support beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife. Extension Gardener classes are also a part of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program.The series emphasizes environmentally-friendly practices including improving soil health, reducing use of fertilizers and pesticides, protecting water quality, increasing landscape biodiversity, and others.
Classes are offered once a week for a period of seven weeks (see attached schedule) and are taught by Mack Johnson, Extension Horticultural Agent, with support from the Robeson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGV). The Robeson County EMGV’s are passionate gardeners from diverse backgrounds who have been trained by N.C. Cooperative Extension to help Robeson County residents with their gardening challenges.

You must attend five of the Extension Gardener Series classes to be eligible for the Extension Master Gardener training held in the spring of 2022. The spring Extension Master Garden training will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Hoke County Center, located at 645 East Palmer Street in Raeford, in conjunction with Hoke and Scotland Counties.

Please register for the classes you wish to attend by calling 910-671-3276 by 5 p.m. no later than the Tuesday prior to the class. You may register for the whole series or multiple individual classes when calling, you do not need to wait to register for each class.

For more information about the EMGV program in Robeson County or  to learn how to become a Master Gardener, contact Mack Johnson at 910-671-3276 or
October 7, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Growing Vegetables from Seed
October 14, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Easy-to-Grow Fruits and Vegetables
October 21, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
October 28, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Organic Pest Management
November 4, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Plants for Living Landscapes, Including Natives - Perennials
November 10, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Plants for Living Landscapes, Including Natives - Trees & Shrubs
November 18, 10a.m.-1p.m. - Sustainable Lawns & Lawn Alternatives
Nov 10 2021