Become a Member of Sampson County Friends of Horticulture

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If you are like most of your friends or neighbors, you have had numerous problems the past few years with your lawn, garden, or landscape. Problems have ranged from bad weather, insect pressure, to poor plant health. Before you throw in the towel on your home landscape or garden, why not try learning up to date and research-based information that can help manage these problems better?

The Sampson County Friends of Horticulture are a series of classes and hands-on workshops designed to help beginner and advanced home gardeners learn the basics of gardening and landscaping. Participants will learn how to grow their own food supplies, test soils for nutrients, proper plant selection, pruning, pollinators, care and maintenance of existing landscape plants and trees.

In 2019 participants learned a wide range of landscaping and gardening techniques to help improve their home landscape. As the pandemic began, we switched over to virtual classes which enables us to still deliver timely information to members. Some of the more popular classes were:

  • How to grow pecans
  • Home lawn care
  • Growing vegetables from seeds
  • Proper plant selection
  • Growing strawberries

All the information, demonstrations, and hands-on activities are from the latest research-based information from NC State University and surrounding land grant universities. Classes are presented by Brad Hardison, Sampson County Extension Horticulture Agent, and other area Extension agents. While the information is researched-based, N.C. Cooperative Extension exists specifically to transfer knowledge to the citizens of North Carolina in a manner that is practical and easy to understand.

Virtual classes will be recorded and links sent to the members. Members will be able to view the class as many times as they wish. Face to face classes will be offered on the third Thursday of each month once meeting restrictions are lifted. The class will begin at 10 a.m. and last until noon. The classes will be taught at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Sampson County Center, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton, NC 28328 in the livestock facility conference room, greenhouse, and demonstration gardens.

The cost of a yearly membership is only $20. Please make checks payable to “The County of Sampson.”  All fees are non-refundable and checks are subject to a $25 insufficient fund fee.

To register, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sampson County office at 910-592-7161 and ask to register for the Sampson County Friends of Horticulture.