Toby Bost


   Mr. Bost is a native Tar Heel and has spent most of his life gardening in Piedmont clay soil. He graduated from NC State University where he holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Horticulture Science.

   In 2008, Bost retired from NC State's Cooperative Extension after 31 years of distinguished service as an agriculture Extension Agent to pursue garden writing and serving in the capacity of a horticulture consultant. During his career he developed educational programs for landscape professionals, organized farmers' markets and on-farm field tests with university specialists, and was the coordinator of two prominent, urban Master Gardener programs (Forsyth and Durham counties, where he recruited and trained more than 400 EMG volunteers.) 

   Bost is past director of the Tanglewood Park Arboretum, and member of the Garden Writers Association.  He has four book titles to his credit, the most recent, The Successful Gardener Guide, by John F. Bair Publisher and The Carolinas Gardener's Guide, published by Cool Springs Press, Franklin,Tn. Bost has written regular gardening features for Carolina Gardener magazine and The Yadkin Valley Magazine.

   Bost is actively involved in his community and church. Currently, he is an elected Supervisor and vice-chair of the Forsyth Soil and Water Conservation District Board. He owns Bost Consulting Group, serving the public as a garden coach/consultant, and is an adjunct horticulture instructor at Forsyth Tech Community College.

   Bost has received numerous state and national awards from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA); Winston-Salem Appearance Commission, and the coveted Governor's  "Order of the Longleaf Pine Award" for public service.

   In his leisure time, Bost enjoys gardening at home with his wife, Becky.  He is always looking for creative ways to generate revenue for mission trips abroad. He has two adult children, both with careers in the field of education.