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Eleven years ago Leah Chester-Davis founded Extensions Successful Gardener® a newsletter published by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension to address the high demand for gardening information across the state. Toby Bost extension agent and acclaimed garden-book author joined her team. Together they worked with horticulture experts statewide to deliver a top-quality gardening publication to North Carolinians. The newsletter has won numerous awards through the years including the Garden Writers Association Award. The Successful Gardener® Guide is a compilation of the best material from 10 years of research for the Extensions Successful Gardener® newsletter. Novice and expert gardeners alike will find useful information in this books six color-coded easy-to-reference chapters. 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 Carolinas 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 states 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.

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