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)

Fact Sheets

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

Link to the Insects, Diseases & Other Problems Fact SheetsInsects, Diseases
& Other Problems

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go to Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants Fact SheetsFood Safety, Nutrition, 
Physical Activity & Health

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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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