Home & Garden Information Center

The Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health. 1-888-656-9988 (SC residents only, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M - F)

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Link to Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants Fact SheetsLandscape, Garden
& Indoor Plants

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& Other Problems

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Zinnias provide butterflies like this Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) a place to perch.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Butterflies in the Garden – Flying Flowers and Jewels of the Sky are just a couple of phrases that describe the beauty and fascination people have for butterflies. Though only one group of pollinators among many, they are often the most visible due to their eye-catching ... (continue)


A leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) visiting a sunflower.Seasonal Garden Tips
Native Polinators – At the mention of the word “pollinator”, most people immediately picture the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Indeed, this is an important species that we have come to rely heavily ... (continue)

Safe Handling of FishFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Safe Handling of Fish - Eating fresh fish and seafood is practically a summertime requirement in South Carolina. Making sure that you are handling fish and seafood safely is very important. ... (continue)

Food SafetyFood Safety & Nutrition News
Safe Handling of Damaged Food in the Home After a Disaster – Food contamination can be a problem after a disaster (flood, tornado or fire). Except for fire, floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters. ... (continue)

Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events
Better Process Control School (BPCS) - The Better Process Control School is a 2-4 day school designed for manufacturers of shelf stable, acidified and low acid foods.
When: July 25-28, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Greenville County Extension Office 301 University Ridge Suite 400 Greenville, South Carolina 29601
Price: $600 for Acidified Foods (Tuesday & Wednesday) $950 for Low Acid Canned Foods (Tuesday-Friday)... (continue)

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The HGIC staff of horticulture Extension agents and food safety specialists are available to answer questions via their toll-free number, 1-888-656-9988 (South Carolina residents only), between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. South Carolina residents can also email HGIC@clemson.edu for questions answered by our agents. Please include in which county you live, for us to better answer your questions. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.



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