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Ask A Master Gardener

Do You Have A Gardening Question?

Get quick, expert help from a Master Gardener in King County.

Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who will provide you with relevant and unbiased research-based information focused on environmentally friendly gardening practices.


Email Clinic

Icon with arrow pointing at envelopeSend your gardening questions year round by email to the King County Master Gardeners at

To help us better diagnose a plant problem, please try to share as much of the following information as possible:

  • What type of damage are you seeing and when did it start?
  • Which parts of the plant are affected, for example, flower, leaf, stem, fruit, etc.?
  • How is the plant watered and how much, for example, hand watered 3 times a week for 10 minutes?
  • Where is the plant located, for example, in a garden bed or in the lawn, next to a driveway or house, in full or part sun, facing what direction?
  • Sharing photographs of your plant problem, plant identification or insect identification is helpful. See the section below for tips on sharing your photos.*

In-Person Plant Clinics


Visit with our King County Master Gardeners volunteers at one of our in-person plant clinics to discuss your gardening questions. Master Gardener plant clinics offer FREE advice on gardening, plant problems, plant identification, pest management and soil improvement.

Download this listing of all our in-person clinic locations and times when you may speak with us.

See the locations of all our in-person clinics and demonstration gardens to find a clinic or garden convenient to you.


*Tips on Sharing Photos

Photographs of your plant problem, plant identification or insect identification are helpful. 

Here are some hints about the types of photos that will show evidence of a problem and will help us to make the correct diagnosis or identification. Please provide photos that clearly show the problem, plant or insect:

  • Show the damaged or problem plant in the landscape along with other plants to provide additional clues to the probable cause of the problem.
  • Show the base of the plant at the soil line to determine any root issues.
  • Show both live branches/limbs and leaves, and dead or dying branches/limbs and leaves to help us determine the spread.
  • Show buds, leaves and flowers to help with plant identification.
  • Show the insect if that is the suspected culprit in the damage along with the kinds of damage you are seeing.





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