Programs, Classes & Educational Opportunities
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, through trained Agents and Extension Master
Gardener Volunteers, are dedicated to distributing current research-based gardening
information to the public through free or highly affordable educational opportunities,
increasing environmental awareness, promoting gardening activities and supporting
In an effort to reach this mission we provide educational opportunities at the Arboretum
at Tanglewood Park, the County Agriculture Building, and various locations throughout
the county. All these events are open to the public as well as our volunteers. Please
visit our Calendar of Events for the schedule. Each of our programs
is briefly explained below. Participation in some of these programs requires you
to be a member of our Extension Master Gardener Program. All the events on our
Calendar are open to the public.
Extension Master Gardener Program
The program provides participants with 40 hours of in-depth training in the art
and science of horticulture. Class participants receive current, research based
information from Extension educators. In return, trained Extension Master Gardeners
volunteer their time and expertise in support of many community programs and activities.
Master Gardener volunteers are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve
and beautify their communities and are linked to a professional network of support
through county, state and national Cooperative Extension offices.
Successful Gardening Series in the Libraries
Extension provides a gardening lecture series in all 10 of the Libraries in Forsyth
County in an effort to bring our expertise closer to the communities where Forsyth
County Residents live. We provide lectures on 12 different topics each spring during
March, April, and May and sometimes offer a fall gardening series if the need arises.
The programs last 1 to 1 1/2 hours, mostly in lecture format but with plenty of
time for questions. Programs are presented by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
of Forsyth County Cooperative Extension and the Agents. These lectures are listed
in our Calendar of Events.
Extension provides programs to civic groups, churches, schools and other organizations
through our Master Gardener Speakers Bureau. Extension Master Gardeners are trained
to speak on various topics, mostly power point and demonstration. These programs
can be scheduled anytime of the year with at least a 2-week lead time. Topics change
frequently and it is best to email our office for a current listing.
The following are topics we have volunteers training in speaking: Arboretum at Tanglewood
Park, Beginning Vegetable Gardening, Birding, Bulbs, Butterfly/Hummingbird Gardening,
Choosing and Caring for Trees, Color in the Winter Landscape, Composting in the
Home Garden, Container Gardening, Drought Tolerant Perennials, Lawn Care, Growing
Grapes, Growing Small Fruits, Growing Tree Fruits, Herbs, Historic Plants and Landscapes,
Indoor Plants, Invasives, Landscape Design, Lilies and Daylilies, Low Maintenance
Gardening, Moss Gardening, Native for Triad Gardens, Organic Gardening, Perennials,
Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Rain Gardens, Roses, Soils in the Yard, Shade Gardening,
Stevia, Vermi-composting, and Wildlife Friendly Landscapes.
Ask an Extension Master Gardener
Extension provides a hotline from our office to problem solve and answer gardening
questions for the general public. Trained Extension Master Gardener Volunteers man
the Hotline every morning Monday through Friday from 9 am until noon. At other times
you can still get your question answered by Extension Horticulturists by calling
our office at (336) 703-2850.
Located in the Forsyth Extension Office at 1450 Fairchild Road, is an Urban Horticulture
Center which consists of a collection of leaflets and booklets to help gardeners
and homeowners with just about any gardening or landscaping topic of interest. Some
of the collections we have put together in print are Home Vegetable Gardening, Tree
Fruits, Small Fruits, Growing Herbs, Flowers and Flowering Plants, Tree and Shrubbery
Tips, Water and Organics, and many more. Many of the leaflets can be found on the
Each spring and fall the Master Gardeners have a plant sale. The spring sale is
usually in April and is located at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park. The Master
Gardeners propagate and grow many different annuals, perennials, and shrubs to raise
money to help operate the Arboretum. Our fall plant sale is filled with perennials,
trees, and shrubs with a focus on non-invasive plants and the funds go to operate
our program as a whole. The fall plant sale is usually in September and is located
at our office at 1450 Fairchild Road in Winston-Salem.
Forsyth Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers maintain a beautiful demonstration
garden at the Agriculture Building. In this garden are demonstrations on vegetable
gardening, fruits and berries, pawpaw orchard, tropical garden, wildlife garden,
rain garden, herb garden, perennial foundation planting, and much more.
Arboretum at Tanglewood Park
Forsyth Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers maintain a beautiful Arboretum
as part of the Tanglewood Park. This Arboretum is located inside Tanglewood Park
behind the manor house. This garden include many different themed gardens such as
a children’s garden, shade garden, fragrance garden, conifer garden, greenhouse,
nursery, wildflower garden and so much more. Any homeowner can visit the Arboretum
and get wonderful ideas. To get a better feel for the gardens please visit our Arboretum website.
The Forsyth County Master Gardener Volunteers trained in Horticulture have developed
a Plant Rescue Program. It is a unique program where the volunteers save plants
that would be otherwise destroyed by development. The priority of the Rescue Committee
is to move plants to a suitable site where they have the best chance for survival,
whether that is a school nature trail, a public park or private woodland or garden.
Dixie Classic Fair
Every year at the Dixie Classic Fair the Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener
Volunteers man a booth in the Horticulture Building to hand out leaflets and answer
Triad Home & Garden Show
Every year at the Winston-Salem Triad Home and Garden Show the Forsyth County Extension
Master Gardener Volunteers man a booth to hand out leaflets and answer gardening
Forsyth County Extension Master Gardeners program to help improve water quality,
waste management, and wildlife management. One of our main programs called Carolina
Yards and Neighborhoods is a main focus with our Speakers Bureau and our Spring
and Fall Library Series. We also help maintain various Rain Gardens throughout the