UPDATE from site owner:

Unfortunately, I will not be able to maintain the N.C. Garden Share site for 2009. I suggest that you peruse the listings in the archives. It is possible that the gardeners who posted might still have items that they listed for trade and/or still be looking for the plants you might have available to share from your garden. Alternatively, you might try Garden Web's* Gardening in the Carolinas exchange forum at http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/carolgard/

*N.C. Garden Share is not affiliated in any way with Garden Web or its advertisers.

Welcome to N.C. Garden Share

"Miss Brownie's" poppies, May 2003

N.C. Garden Share is a Web site through which you can donate to and receive from your fellow gardeners in central North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas). The site is owned and managed by Carla Burgess. Garden Share is a grassroots plant swap that may include plants, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, produce or any other items you'd like to share. It is up to you to contact any participating gardener to arrange your plant swap.

Here's how it works:

Send me an e-mail describing what you can offer and what you might like to have.

Be as specific as possible about your plant (scientific name, habit, growth needs).

Also, please list your town or community and how you would like to be contacted.

I will post your request in the "virtual community garden" within 48 hours.

View the Virtual Community Garden:
2008 listings

2007 listings
2006 listings

E-mail N.C. Garden Share with your request and/or items you can share.

Community News and  Announcements

Henside the Beltline Tour d'Coop Set for May 17, 2008!

Raleigh chicken owners invite you into their backyards for a first-hand look at keeping chickens in an urban environment. Discover the variety of breeds that might be nesting in your neighborhood, learn about raising chickens, and see how families integrate chickens into their gardening practices. In addition, you'll be impressed by the ingenious coops that can be devised to shelter these feathered pets.

Previous years' tours have been huge successes, with hundreds of visitors enjoying the event. This year's tour is bigger and better, including more coops, informational booths, and special guest The Chickenman. You do not want to miss this unique "Parade of Combs" and their homes. Bring the family, but please leave pets at home, since some flocks are not accustomed to four-legged visitors.

This year's tour includes coops in Five Points, Avent West, Oakwood and other Raleigh neighborhoods.

For information about tickets for the tour or to volunteer, CLICK HERE.

A stylish urban chicken coop in West Raleigh.

Help Save Open Space in Raleigh.

Friends of Dorothea Dix Park is promoting the establishment of a "world-class destination park" on the Dorothea Dix campus in North Carolina's Capital City, saving the existing open space and preserving the historically significant buildings.

Click here for background articles and information.

Also visit the Dix 306 campaign Web site.


About Me

Gardeners Who Have Inspired Me


Plants from the Past: Heirloom Gardening
by Raleigh gardener Carla Burgess c2005

Edible Landscaping: Berry Good!
by Raleigh gardenerCarla Burgess c2005

War of the Roses: My Struggle with Drought, Shade and Deer
by Chatham County gardener Rhea Worrell c2003

Diary of a Failed Composter
by Raleigh gardener Carla Burgess c2003

Recommended Reading


"Rats in Garden" artwork courtesy of Lydia Peirce-Dougherty

"The heart of Southern gardening is not in its great plantations, but in the small-to-middle-sized yards of working people.
And its soul is not in the fancy plants sold by mass marketers, but in traditional plants,
passed along from mothers to daughters and friends to friends."
Jim Wilson

All narrative on NC Garden Share's Web site is owned by Carla Burgess, copyright 2003, unless otherwise noted, and may not be reproduced without permission.