Gardening is among our nation’s most popular pastimes, yielding fresh fruits and vegetables for the dinner table, a cleaner environment and aesthetically pleasing landscapes. North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s gardening portal helps gardeners learn more about new plants, native plants and environmental stewardship. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are instrumental in these efforts, sharing their knowledge of plant selection, cultural practices and pest management with fellow gardeners, school students and others.

The Dare County Master Gardeners is the local chapter of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for trained gardeners. This group of volunteers completes a two-part training process to gain insight and understanding into the area's botany, soils, insects, diseases, landscape plants, vegetables, fruits, lawns, flowers and landscape design, and then they use their expertise to give back to the community.