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Ability Garden Is Growing

The Ability Garden has gone through major transitions recently. We are now an independent non-profit, operating on the grounds …

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August in Sweet Caroline

The hot times of August in sweet Caroline may have you doing a little “song sung blue”, but this …

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Getting to Know a Native

Redbuds are native small flowering trees in shades of lavender to pink that bear their flowers closely along the …

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Most Common Pruning Mistakes

During my career as a horticulturist I once worked as a landscaper. One of my duties was to prune …

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Blooming Borders in the Arboretum

The gardens of the New Hanover County Arboretum are the classroom for our Cooperative Extension Center and Master Gardener …


Bright Winter Flowers

The hybrid mahonias are one of my favorite groups of winter-flowering plants. If you like the Latin they’re listed …

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Do You Belong to the Clover?

Being involved in 4-H provides opportunities for youth to master skills, connect to their community, and mature in responsibility. …

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This factsheet tells homeowners how to recognize and prevent problems with home septic systems. How …


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This factsheet discusses reasonable accommodation and reasonable modification and fair housing law.

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When money is tight, the first thing families cut is anything considered extra or unnecessary. …


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