Plant Toolbox Keeps Getting Better With Help From Master Gardener Volunteers

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Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox logoThe Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox is a one-stop shop for plant information that contains more than 4,500 plant profiles, each featuring cultural requirements, suggested landscape uses, IPM information, and images from multiple seasons. You may search for plants by their common or scientific name, or use the Find a Plant feature to select the perfect plants for your landscape conditions and needs. In addition, there are over 100 garden galleries showcasing mature plant combinations and inspiring hardscapes.

Thanks to the efforts of Master Gardener℠ volunteers, who contributed over 2,100 hours to enhance and maintain the site in 2021, the Plant Toolbox keeps getting better. Volunteers gathered images, wrote descriptions, researched and entered data, and proofread entries.

Screenshot of purple coneflower profile from the Plant Toolbox

Purple coneflower profile from the Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox.

When asked what he enjoyed most about working on the Plant Toolbox, Master Gardener volunteer Gene Cronin shared, “Prior to the toolbox, most of the plants I learned about were the ones that went in my own backyard. Doing the research for plant entries opened up a whole world of plants I was unfamiliar with and helped me to appreciate how diverse that world is.”

Explore the Plant Toolbox to find great plants for your yard!


Learn more about how you can be part of the NC State Extension Master Gardener program!

2021 Snapshot of EMGV activity. 3808 volunteers. 158,634 volunteer hours valued at $4.1 million. 77,371 residents reached.

See the 2021 Annual Report to explore more examples of how volunteers with the Extension Master Gardener℠ program share their knowledge to help North Carolinians learn and grow.