Welcome to the NC Cooperative Extension and NHC Arboretum

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our county’s residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Through educational programs, publications, and events, Extension  Agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to New Hanover County citizens.

New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office

Open daily from dawn to dusk and no admission fee. The Arboretum is a unique, 7-acre park with FREE admission, in the heart of New Hanover County where homeowners can see the variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. Cooperative Extension’s “horticulture laboratory”, the Arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Come out and discover what makes us so extraordinary! The Arboretum is open to the public and is FREE!
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension OfficeThursday, April 9th, 2020 at 12:22pm
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services lab has scaled back its testing to a few core services, making home soil testing another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, homeowners may be able to use the recommendations from a previous year’s test to maintain their yards and gardens.
“At this time, the lab is accepting only diagnostic soil samples from agricultural clients,” said David Hardy, Soil Lab section chief. “Generally, soil testing is advised every 2 to 3 years. If you submitted soil samples to be tested in this timeframe, you can still use the recommendations from these past reports.”
Old soil test reports issued can be found at the Agronomic Services website, http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/pals/, where you will enter your last name in the search tool.
If lime was applied based on a report found at this website, it is unlikely that additional lime is needed for the upcoming growing season, Hardy said. Routine application of lime is never advised since soil pH may be raised too high.
Previous soil testing reports would have provided a phosphorus(P) index reported as a P-I and potassium (K) index reported as a K-I. From these soil test levels, a fertilizer recommendation comprised of a specific grade or analysis (example = 5-10-5) and rate per 1,000 square feet was provided.
Nitrogen (N) is not analyzed by the lab for soil tests but it is needed seasonally to promote plant growth. A nitrogen level is provided in the recommended grade or analysis of fertilizer; in this example, it is the first number of the grade.

"Using these same fertilizer recommendations will provide satisfactory results for homeowners wanting to fertilize this year,” Hardy said. Additionally, a homeowner’s guide to understanding fertilizer is found here http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/pdffiles/sfn8.pdf.
If you have questions about an old report or need further advice, please feel free to contact the lab at 919-733-2655.
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension OfficeThursday, April 9th, 2020 at 11:33am
Bloom of the day: Treasure flower, Gazania rigens ‘Orange Flame’ (Photo credit: Kevin Cassel)
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension OfficeWednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 3:02pm
If you have older neighbors please check on them, as they may not have family locally that can assist them during this time.
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Dr. Mary Rudyk shares her advice for seniors to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Stay home as much as possible - Get someone to bring you necessities like groceries whenever possible - Wash your hands - Catch up with friends and relatives on the phone or other methods, not in person Please share this video so we can get the message out to the seniors in our community!
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension OfficeWednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 11:39am
Bloom of the day: Gaura, Oenothera lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension OfficeTuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 7:29pm
Looking for ways to help our community even while staying home, then check out this link.
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Office
New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension OfficeTuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 4:26pm
Join Cassidy, the Johnston County Family & Consumer Science agent, at 2pm today as she prepares recipes using local strawberries, creates salad dressing and shares a special Easter recipe.
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Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 2:16pm
The grounds will close at 4pm today for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but invite you to visit this weekend, and be sure to visit the Rose Garden!
Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 10:13am
Quick Links to Extension Gardener Tools: Handbook, Plant Database, Online Classes, Newsletter https://t.co/0abptpZvcd
Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 10:04am
Mother’s Day is May 12th, need a gift? If so, we’ve got the perfect gift your mother will simply love right here at our Arboretum Gift Shop. Many new items have recently arrived just in time for... https://t.co/VdH2gYeRGu
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 9:59am
The nation's largest, one day food drive is just around the corner. Please share this post to encourage healthy donations because we all deserve to eat well so we can live well! #givehealthy https://t.co/N7N1LkBFW9
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 3:15pm
Summer is just around the corner and we're looking forward to some great 4-H Summer Camps. Registration is now open - don't wait - camps will fill fast! https://t.co/kfSeVb9S9A
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 4:44pm
Consumers tend to demand the 'perfect' food or veg. Would you be willing to buy produce if it didn't conform to our 'normal' cosmetic standards? https://t.co/rvCFq4Gbq9
Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 2:00pm
Thank you to everyone that has shown an interest in attending these classes but at this time Registration is Closed as the class is full.

Introduction to Landscape Design
Trees and Shrubs for New... https://t.co/oCAZ2UUbRI
Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 12:25pm
See the many species of trees at the Arboretum in Wilmington https://t.co/eXiKj0qtFt
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 9:02am
Its spring and the weather has us all back in the garden but please be careful out there! And remember to stay hydrated. https://t.co/CzOXGGIQg7
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 12:58pm
Spring abounds at the Arboretum! Take a walk and see what’s blooming.
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 3:51pm
Did you register for the 4-H 'Meet and Greet' scheduled for April 28th? The event is not only for alumni but anyone interested in knowing more, volunteering and/or supporting NHC 4-H. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 2pm-5pm. https://t.co/5jsSlEZQVx
Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 6:30am
Let’s pay it forward and help others who may not have access to fresh produce, while supporting local farmers. Come and visit us at the Tidal Creek Farmers Market (5329 Oleander Drive) tomorrow from 8am-1pm. https://t.co/4BRE2ReVkX
NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678