University of Vermont Extension master gardeners are available to help answer home gardening questions from gardeners in Vermont and northern New Hampshire. Call the helpline toll-free numbers, 800-639-2230 or 802-656-5421, between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday.
Master Gardeners have completed a 13-week horticultural course and 40-hour internship. They can answer questions on a wide range of home horticultural topics such as garden preparation and planting, mulching, landscaping, composting, plant diseases and insect pests; vegetable, fruit and flower gardening; trees and shrubs.
In addition to calling, gardeners may stop by the helpline office at 201 Jeffords Hall on the UVM campus during regular helpline hours.
Questions also can be sent to go.uvm.edu/ask-a-master-gardener. Answers to emails are provided in five to seven business days. The online form allows senders to include photos.
Have pests attacking your vegetables, berry bushes or annuals? The Extension Master Gardeners can help identify insects and diseased plants. Go to uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener and click on «Master Gardener Helpline» for instructions on how to submit samples.
Commercial growers with questions involving a pest or disease issue should contact the UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic at 656-0493 or e-mail clinic coordinator Ann Hazelrigg at firstname.lastname@example.org.