Extension agents across the country are using demonstration gardens to teach a variety of horticultural principles and practices. Descriptive data about the physical and management characteristics of gardens maintained for Extension programming in North Carolina were gathered from 35 horticulture agents. Gardens were found to most likely be developed at the county Extension center, be less than 0.5 acres, display a combination of edible and ornamental plants, and occur in counties with populations over 100,000 where Master Gardener Programs include at least 25 active volunteers. Master Gardener Volunteers emerged as the major source of funding and support for these gardens.
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Glen, C. D., Moore, G. E., Jayaratne, K., & Bradley, L. K. (2013). Characteristics of Extension Demonstration Gardens. The Journal of Extension, 51(2), Article 36. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss2/36