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Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers engage thousands of North Carolinians through their volunteer service, helping them to learn and grow. Here are some of our most in-demand volunteer service activities and their combined impact across North Carolina in 2022. 

Volunteers answer phones at the New Hanover County Gardening Infoline.

Garden Infolines & Plant Clinics

  • 23,080 hours volunteered across NC  
  • 48,955 community members engaged

Connect with Extension educators and Master Gardener volunteers in your community for help with your gardening questions. Find their contact information in the Garden Help Directory.

Two women match insects with identification cards.Classes & Educational Events

  • 13,100 hours volunteered across NC  
  • 31,355 community members engaged

Extension offers thousands of programs each year, including the Grow With Us series taught by Master Gardener volunteers in Guilford County and Bull City Gardener series taught by Master Gardener volunteers and Extension educators in Durham County.

Find your county Extension center to learn about upcoming events, explore Extension resources, and connect with Master Gardener volunteers in your community. Learn about online classes you can take anytime.

A group of volunteers stand among flowers.Demonstration Gardens

  • 33,000 hours volunteered across NC  
  • 4,649 community members engaged

 Master Gardener volunteers cultivate demonstration beds and teaching gardens across North Carolina to support outreach and education, including

Adults and kids interact with plants in raised beds.Community Gardens

  • 14,165 hours volunteered across NC 
  • 6,848 community members engaged

Master Gardener volunteers assist with community gardens across North Carolina. Examples include gardens managed by Extension, such as the Briggs Avenue Community Garden in Durham County, and well as gardens that are the result of community partnerships, such as the Unity Park and Community Gardens in Caldwell County.

Explore community garden resources from NC State Extension, including the NC Community Food Gardening Handbook.

Third graders gather in the garden for a plant lesson.Youth Outreach and School Gardens

  • 7,329 hours volunteered across NC
  • 15,265 youth engaged

Through partnerships with 4-H, schools, and youth organizations, Master Gardener volunteers inspire and grow the next generation of gardeners and plant lovers. Volunteers in Buncombe County engage kids through a summer day camp. In Wilson County and Onslow County, volunteers host class field trips in their demonstration gardens.

Explore youth gardening resources and preschool gardening resources from NC State Extension.

Hands putting a young plant in the soil.Therapeutic Horticulture

  • 2,400 hours volunteered across NC  
  • 4,035 community members engaged

Master Gardener volunteers in Wake County are involved in multiple community-based therapeutic horticulture programs

Explore therapeutic horticulture resources from NC State Extension, including online classes.

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The Extension Master Gardener program is a statewide network of volunteers and Extension educators working in N.C. Cooperative Extension county centers and on NC State campus. Through education and outreach, we connect people with the benefits of gardening and empower North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities. 

Explore stories from our 2022 Annual Report, which celebrates our work to help North Carolinians learn and grow.

Join, support, or connect with Extension Master Gardener volunteers in your community.