The Extension office is open but with limited staffing. Please make appointments for dropping off samples and seeking information. Call the office or contact the agent directly using this link. All in-person Master Gardener programs for the public are cancelled or postponed through the end of 2020. Several of the previously scheduled programs will be offered online. The events calendar at the bottom of this page will be updated as things change. Events will continue to be cancelled or added, as plans are finalized, so please check back often. Click each event on the calendar below for more details and how to register.
Spring Fling Plant Sale – May 9. CANCELLED. Extension Master GardenerSM Plant Sale, in partnership with the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society.
WNC Gardening Symposium – October 14. CANCELLED. Due to the uncertainty surrounding events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 WNC Gardening Symposium has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you again in October 2021. More information will be provided in the spring of 2021.
Ongoing educational activities & events:
GARDEN HELPLINE – Call or email anytime
During the current health crisis, the Extension Office is closed. To answer your gardening questions, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers of Buncombe County will be working from home to keep the Garden Helpline open to the public. We are available to respond to your phone calls and emails. Send an email or leave a voice message at any time and a Master Gardener will respond during the Helpline hours listed below. Two ways to contact the Garden Helpline: Call 828-250-4878 or Email questions and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Helpline hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, and Fridays 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Gardening in the Mountains Series*: A series of 90 minute seminars covering various gardening topics. These programs will be offered the third Thursday of each month, February thru October. Click here to view the 2020 Gardening in the Mountains Schedule. After some cancellations early in the year, most of the scheduled programs will be offered online. Refer to the calendar on the bottom of this page for program details and registration instructions.
Saturday Seminar Series*: A series of hands-on seminars covering various gardening topics. These programs will be offered online on selected Saturday mornings, February – September. Click here to view the 2020 Saturday Seminar Schedule. Refer to the calendar on the bottom of this page for the program details and registration instructions.
Backyard Composting Demonstrations: CANCELLED. Composting demonstrations will be held the 2nd and 4th Saturday, April – September. The demonstration site is located at the edge of Jesse Israel’s property at the WNC Farmers Market. The site will be staffed by Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers, usually from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., but may vary. Check the calendar below for details. An additional Composting demonstration area is located at The Learning Garden. Click here for details about The Learning Garden.
Extension Master GardenerSM Info Tables*: CANCELLED.
Watch for these at events and tailgate markets. Ask questions, bring samples of plants for identification or problem diagnosis, bring samples of insects for identification, learn about upcoming Extension Master GardenerSMvolunteer programs, get Cooperative Extension publications and pick up soil test kits.
Extension Master Gardener Public Events Calendar