Learning more about Wilson Botanical Gardens

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Do you love plants, birds and/or nature? Did you know you have a free public garden open 365 days a year, right here in Wilson? Do you want to learn more about gardening during your free time? 

The Wilson Botanical Gardens are located at 1806 SW Goldsboro St. on the property of the Wilson County Agricultural Center. 

The offerings at Wilson Botanical Gardens are designed to showcase the diversity of plants available for the home landscape and to educate and entertain visitors with adult and youth programs.

The Wilson Botanical Gardens offers many different gardens, showcasing plants and landscape features. Some of the gardens include culinary and medicinal herbs, native plants, children’s, heritage, pond-side, as well as an arboretum. Educational programs include tours, presentations, demonstrations as well as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Garden that allows visitors to see applications and interact with these subjects in the plant world.

Did you know that all the landscaping and maintenance is completed in the Wilson Botanical Gardens by volunteers? The Wilson County Extension Master Gardener volunteers curate each of the gardens. Based on comments from local visitors, the community would like to help in the gardens. So we have recently launched the Wilson Botanical Gardens volunteer program. 

To volunteer, you will be teamed with a trained Master Gardener and learn. Volunteer jobs include not only gardening tasks, but something for all levels from administrative to data entry to photographing to leading tours or educational programs. Volunteers can come on scheduled garden work parties (the first Tuesday of the month, April 3, 8 to 10 a.m.) or on your own schedule. To become a volunteer is as easy as filling out a one-page form and returning it. With as little as 10 volunteer hours you will receive a free plant, gain friends and have fun.  

Volunteers are being contacted now, so go to the Wilson Botanical Gardens Facebook page, wilsonbotanicalgardens.org, or Wilson Cooperative Extension website for the form, or call 252-237-0113.

Most gardening questions coming into the Master Gardener office now are concerning cold-damaged plants. Be patient, but many of these plants may need to be pruned to encourage leaf out to help them fill back in. Other gardening tasks now include pruning of roses and grape vines. Fertilization of shrubs can be started now, based on a soil test. Trees rarely need fertilization, if you fertilize your lawn or adjacent areas. Lawn weeds such as wild onions/garlic can also be controlled. For all gardening questions or more specific gardening information call the Wilson Extension Master Gardeners at 252-237-0111 or via email at wilsonemgv@hotmail.com.