Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Landscape Contractor Math and Bidding Clas

Landscape Contractor Math and Bidding Class


New guidelines require that Licensed Landscape Contractors obtain a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 4 hours of business credits each year as a part of their 7 hour requirement.  In order to assist clients with meeting this requirement we have developed a 3 hour class to provide basic training in Landscape Math and Bidding.  We may develop other business classes upon request but are planning to offer this class at least twice this fall.  The brochure attached below describes the class and provides a way to register to attend. 




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Position Opening

Position Open

The town of Canton NC has a Right of Way Maintenance Position open.  See the job announcement attached;     Right of Way Job






For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Small Nursery for Sale

Nursery for Sale

Sharon Yaste of Brevard NC has the following for sale as part of an acquired nursery.  She is retired and is scaling down so does not need or want to keep the materials.  

 She has  approximately 1500 plants, a custom built trailer, and a custom built work bench for potting, lots of empty pots (different sizes), and 4 wood boxes with screens and the sand (for growing clippings).  There are approximately 22 varieties and she can send you the list.  

if you are interested in expanding your nursery or starting a new nursery this may be a good opportunity.  Contact Sharon at: 
 Sharon Yaste
PO Box 1788
Brevard, NC  28712
828-883-9096 (home)
828-384-8423 (cell)

I can not personally vouch for the quality of these plants but am sharing the information as it was passed on to me.  


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium 

The attached flier for the IPM Symposium include new data that indicates the number of recertification  hours for each category.  Note there are hours for pesticide credits in both Carolinas and Tennessee as well as Landscape Contractor Credit hours in NC.  Please get registered soon as September 1st is the last day for early registration:



https://buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-IPM-Symposium.pdf?fwd=no




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Job Opening

Job Opening Posted

Thyme in the Garden, a retail garden center in the North Asheville area off of Merrimon Avenue has the following openings:
Local Garden and Gift Store Hiring Part-time Sales Clerk
6-20 hours; although this is not a seasonal position, hours fluctuate greatly with seasonal increases/decreases in business.   
Great environment. Ideal candidate will enjoy helping customers select product combinations from our unique selection of gifts and plants.  This type of sales engages your creativity! It also presents an opportunity for you to learn with the customer both about the plants and different products offered. 
Must Have:
·         Plant knowledge and enthusiasm for learning.  Experience of 2-3 years working with plants in a professional setting such as landscaping, horticulture, or agriculture is important.
·         Retail or other customer service experience preferred. Ability to engage customers in friendly, hospitable manner, good at reading customer signals.
·         Flexibility on amount of hours (the needs of the business fluctuate with the seasons)
·         Sense of design and confidence helping customers with creative tasks (plant arrangements, unique gifts, home and garden d├ęcor).
·         Ability to regularly lift 20-50 pounds and knowledge of safe lifting practices

·         Experience in a trade such as carpentry, welding, plumbing a plus

Contact Laura Carter at 828-628-3700 or visit their website at:


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Nursery Weed Management Field Day

Nursery Weed Management Field Day
September 7, 8 am to 1

This event features on-site demonstrations and will focus on recent research from Dr. Joe Neal's lab exploring the economics and efficacy of weed control strategies in container nurseries. Topics include herbicide efficacy and sensitivity, using mulches for weed control, and new products. Instructors for this event will include Dr. Joe Neal,Weed Science Extension Specialist; Amanda Taylor and Stacey Jones, Area Specialized Agents for Nursery and Greenhouse Crops; and Amy Barker, Research and Extension Technician, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University.

3 NC pesticide credits (categories L, N, D, and X) are available. Lunch is provided. Cost is $10 per person. To register, visit  http://go.ncsu.edu/weedday.   Registration flyer


For more information, please contact Amanda Taylor at 828-475-2915. This event is sponsored by Hawksridge Farms.


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.