Want To Start Your Own Garden?

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Don't have the time or space to build your own garden at home? Hope Gardens has plots open for use, and they're free! To contact us about using a garden plot, check out our Become a Community Gardener page.


Want to grow healthy, wholesome, and life-changing vegetables from your own home? Since we here at Hope Gardens are such a top-notch squad of Earth-loving hoodlums, we want to help!

First off, feel free to email, call, or drop by to pick our brains about all of your wildest gardening hopes, desires, and dreams! We'll be at Hope Gardens workdays from 10am-12pm every Saturday, and at our office hours in the 1789 Venture Lab on Franklin St. (time-TBD).

For you brave few who want to set off on your own or seek more experienced guides, below is a list of resources to help you on your journey.


North Carolina Botanical Garden, a leader in native plant conservation and education in the southeastern United States for more than 40 years, is part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Garden seeks “To inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.” View a slide show of a small selection of what’s in bloom now.

North Carolina Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as educators in their community by teaching horticultural classes, writing articles about gardening, and answering questions during clinics.

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NC State Cooperative Extension provides horticulture Information leaflets, including information on commercial nursery production; landscape design, installation, and maintenance; weed information; home gardening; 4-H and Youth.

Gardening with Kids National Gardening Association-sponsored site full of ideas for parents and educators to support and enhance interest in gardening for kids.

Garden Web
GardenWeb hosts forums, garden exchanges, articles, contests, a plant database, a garden-related glossary, online catalogs, Calendar of Garden Events, The Rosarian, and Wild-Flowers.

P. Allen Smith website includes extensive articles on garden design, plant care, food and recipes, floral design, and a weekly newsletter.

Emily Compost photos and articles about plants and wildflowers and garden activities that stress environmentally consciousness gardening and composting. Readers share photos, comments, and stories.

Great Garden Speaker is a one-stop shop speakers bureau for anyone looking for a speaker with expertise in gardening, nature, conservation, horticulture, or design.

Triangle Gardener A bi-monthly publication with gardening tips for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill.

National Gardening Association website sponsored by the nonprofit National Gardening Association, established in 1983 “to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment through gardening.”

Helen Yoest is a local expert who designs gardens, edits, styles and writes about gardens for major garden magazines and many local publications.

Plant Delights Nursery is an on-line mail order plant nursery specializing in perennial plants, new plants, exotic plants, and american native plants and a color plant catalog twice per year.

Duke Gardens Classes available on topics such as Gardening & horticulture, Children & family programs, Health & wellness, Japanese Tea programs, Natural history, Nature photography. It  features four distinct gardens, each with its own focus and flavor: the Historic Gardens, including the popular Terrace Gardens, dedicated in 1939; the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens, including the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. There are five miles of allées, walks, and pathways throughout the Gardens, and many shaded benches.

Niche Gardens is a mail-order and retail nursery specializing in nursery-propagated wildflowers and natives, perennials, ornamental grasses and some unusual trees and shrubs. Display gardens include sun and shade areas, wet and dry beds, a bog, a traditional medicine wheel bed, and a native meadow area. Plants in our gardens and nursery are pesticide free.

Orange Gardener Orange County Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. We provide unbiased, research-based information on horticultural and environmental issues.

Links from the Chapel Hill Garden Club.