• Extension agents address common gardening concerns and recommend ecologically sound principles for pest and garden management.
• Plant species and cultivars from tried-and-true favorites to new introductions are specifically recommended for North Carolina’s zones.
• Monthly calendars for the mountains, Piedmont, and coastal regions of the state provide seasonal gardening advice.
• A collection of the best “Enviro-Tips” offers budget-friendly advice for a sustainable landscape.
• The state’s most frequently asked questions about pest management and plant-growing concerns are answered.
• Detailed descriptions and planting tips are offered for some of the best and most exciting plant introductions.
Readers can rely on the information in The Successful Gardener Guide as scientifically accurate and written for gardens in their region. Thousands of North Carolina gardeners have benefitted from the research of extension agents. Now, they have the best and most useful information in one accessible volume.Leah Chester-Davis was the founding editor of Extension’s Successful Gardener® and has served as the newsletter’s editor and team leader for 11 years. She is a communications specialist and coordinator of communications and community outreach for N.C. State University’s MarketReady program at the North Carolina Research campus in Kannapolis. She is currently working on a biography of Dr. John L. Creech, world-famous plant hunter. She lives in Davidson, North Carolina.Toby Bost has been a popular garden writer for over 30 years. He served as assistant editor of Extension’s Successful Gardener® and is a consulting horticulturalist and field faculty emeritus of N.C. State University’s Cooperative Extension. He has published three gardening books, including North Carolina Gardener’s Guide and The Carolina Gardener’s Guide, which he coauthored with Jim Wilson, former host of the PBS television program Victory Garden South. Toby currently writes garden features for Carolina Gardenermagazine. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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