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A row of flower pots hanging from the ceiling of a commercial greenhouse operated by Rockwell Farms, with hundreds of colorful flowers arranged in columns on the ground, all waiting to be transported and sold at local retailers across North Carolina.

Jun 1, 2022

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue… Farmers Grow Flowers Too!

Have you ever wondered where all of the beautiful plants and flowers we purchase come from? Go behind-the-scenes and explore the roots of one of the largest ornamentals industries in the nation. 

Orange leaves on a Japanese maple tree branch

Sep 14, 2020

Growing Japanese Maples

Despite their delicate appearance, Japanese maples are surprisingly easy to grow. Learn how to add brilliant color to your landscape. 

Photo of the underside of a fern frond

Apr 17, 2020

Ferns in the Home Landscape

Looking for the best plants for shade? Hearty, shade tolerant ferns offer a fabulous fix for a common garden challenge. 

Two Monarch butterflies on a white flower

Aug 16, 2019

Growing a Pollinator Garden

Whether you're interested in supporting bee populations, attracting more nature to your yard, or sprucing up your landscape, growing a pollinator garden is a great way to go! 

Pink rhododendron flowers

May 23, 2019

Growing Rhododendrons in North Carolina

Rhododendrons grace the mountains with colorful flowers, but new heat-tolerant varieties make it possible to grow this garden beauty across North Carolina. 

A smiling woman examines soil up close in her hands while gardening.

Apr 22, 2019

How to Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Volunteers in the NC State Extension Master Gardener program help provide home gardeners with science-based gardening solutions. Learn how you can get involved! 

Baptisia growing in a garden

Mar 14, 2019

How to Grow Baptisia in Your Garden

Baptisia is a colorful flowering, native North Carolina plant that's easy to grow and deer resistant. Learn how to add some color to your garden! 

A blue garden trowel filled with soil is resting on a table

Feb 28, 2019

Tips for Starting a Container Garden

Who said a backyard was required for gardening? You can grow potatoes on your porch or strawberries on your stoop with a container garden - find out how.