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light pink, dark pink and orange flowers

Oct 10, 2023

Going for the Gold

After 12 months of preparation, CALS alumnus Kole Andrews hopes his flowers win big again this year at the North Carolina State Fair. 

students looking at plants in a lab

Apr 10, 2023

People, Plants and Profits

Where do people, plants and profit converge? Assistant Professor Melinda Knuth and her lab study the intersections between horticulture, personal well-being and consumer interest. 

A bouquet of flowers makes the perfect Valentine's Day gift!

Feb 8, 2023

A Petal for Your Thoughts?

Put a meaningful twist on the Valentine’s Day flowers you pick out for those you love this year by choosing a bouquet that’s both beautiful and symbolic. 

a close-up picture of a bride holding a bouquet

May 27, 2022

Picking the Right Flowers for a Summer Wedding

Melinda Knuth offers insight on how to make the largest impact with wedding florals, regardless of a couple’s budget. 

May 13, 2022

How to Buy Cut Flowers Locally

Many consumers aren’t aware that 80% of the cut flowers purchased in the U.S. are imported from countries like the Netherlands, Colombia, Ecuador and Kenya. 

a garden with many flowers

Apr 18, 2022

A CALS Guide to Spring Planting for Summer Blooms

Here’s a guide to help you decide what flowers to plant this spring to ensure beautiful summer blooms and foliage! 

Flowers in bloom

Apr 7, 2020

Special Delivery: Flowers from Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum might be temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still experience spring and all the beautiful blooms from the comfort of your home. 

cluster of four Narcissus 'Halvose' Tazetta

Feb 4, 2019

Beyond Roses: Fresh Local Flowers for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for something unique to give your valentine, an NC State floriculture expert suggests locally grown flowers. 

Bee on yellow flower

Feb 23, 2018

Flowers Aren’t Enough: How Urban Heat Affects Bee Populations

Simply adding flowers to otherwise hot sites with lots of impervious surface cover is unlikely to restore pollinator communities, says CALS Entomologist Steve Frank. In NC State's science blog, the Abstract, Frank describes recent research in and around Raleigh that shows urban heat is a factor. 

Jan 26, 2015

Edible flowers: New guide for choosing and using flowers in food

Today there is a renewed interest in edible flowers for their taste, color and fragrance. But not all flowers are edible. For guidance on how to select, grow, harvest and preserve flowers for food use, check out this new North Carolina Cooperative Extension online publication, Choosing and Using Edible Flowers (PDF).