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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A traditional boxwood wreath is decorated with pomegranates and nandina berries.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Holiday Decorating With Fresh Greenery – Decorating the house with fresh greenery is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions. Evergreens have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. Evergreens are used to represent everlasting life and hope for the return ... (continue)


Adult twig girdler and notched twig.Seasonal Garden Tips
Twig Girdlers –
Have you been noticing twigs about the diameter of a pencil on the ground beneath your shade trees? Often leaves will still be attached. If you have, your trees have likely been affected by a beetle ... (continue)

Turkey Stuffed with Cornbread DressingFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Serve a Healthful, Low-Cost Holiday Meal - Good nutrition doesn’t have to be expensive this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. In 2010 the following menu could be prepared at home to serve eight people for less than $31. ... (continue)

Mold on Pumpkin BreadFood Safety & Nutrition News
Moldy Cakes, Pies and Bread? Yuck – The holidays are high season for baking breads, cakes and pies. Bakers are taking extra time to achieve perfect results, seeking fresh ingredients and using high quality recipes. These baked treats take extra time, money and effort ... (continue)

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Master Gardener Training Course 2017: Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Counties - OPEN REGISTRATION - This is a 16-week course in which regular attendance will be expected. The class will meet each Monday, January 23 through May 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  ... (continue)
SC Home Horticulture/Master Gardener ONLINE Class Spring 2017 - OPEN REGISTRATION - Are you interested in learning how to garden more effectively? Would an online gardening class fit more easily into your schedule? ... (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. You 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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