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N.C. Cooperative, Forsyth County Center
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center is located at 1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visit our staff page for more information on our office staff. In addition to the information here on our NC State website, you can find more information on our Forsyth County Government website.
N.C. Cooperative Extension has offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI). Click here to find contact information for other county centers.
Upcoming Events in Forsyth County
If you’d like to receive emails from us, click here to join our mailing list. The “Extension Upcoming Programs” list receives one email each month listing upcoming events and activities in Forsyth County.
Visit Our Gardens
In Forsyth County, Extension maintains two public garden spaces, the Demonstration Garden and the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park. We invite you to visit when you are able. Our what’s in bloom page showcases what is blooming seasonally.
We recommend soil testing for almost any garden, yard, or farm. A soil test report provides information on your soil pH and nutrient levels. Soil testing kits can be picked up at our office and mailed to the NC Department of Agriculture for analysis. Read this article for details on how to get a kit and complete a soil test. The fee for a soil test varies throughout the year and it is free at certain times of the year.
You can grow a pollinator garden at home to support butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. This article on native plants for bees and other pollinators provides a good starting point and resources to investigate when planning a pollinator garden in North Carolina. Some publications you may want to read include:
- Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
- Butterflies in Your Backyard
- Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants for North Carolina
Download these Pollinator Bingo Cards and investigate pollinators in your own backyard or neighborhood!
Lawncare in Central North Carolina
In Central North Carolina, your lawn may be composed of cool-season or warm-season turfgrass. Visit our page on lawns and lawn alternatives for a variety of helpful resources to answer your questions about lawncare! A great publication to get you started with home lawncare is Carolina Lawns: A Guide to Maintaining Quality Turf in the Landscape.
Backyard composting is a great way to use yard trimming, kitchen scraps, and other organic waste and turn it into an amendment for your garden. In addition to improving garden soil when added as an amendment, composting is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you put into the landfill. Check out NC State’s Composting Portal for lots of information on composting. A couple publications to help you with composting are:
You can grow a variety of fruits and vegetables in central North Carolina. Check out our Forsyth Extension Gardener page on Growing Fruits and Vegetables for a variety of information. A handful of publications to get you started in your vegetable garden are:
- Vegetable Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide
- Guía de Horticultura para Principiantes
- How to Create a Container Garden for Edibles in the North Carolina Piedmont
- Central North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs
The Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Program
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program was developed to help expand the reach of Extension’s horticulture program. In Forsyth County, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers help plan and deliver educational classes, including our Forks on Friday and Arboretum Adult Education series. Volunteers also help maintain our Demonstration Garden and the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park. Visit our information page for details on becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Forsyth County. If you’d like to be added to the interest list for the program, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Anika Parks.