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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Gardening Questions

Program Contact: Mary Watts, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
206-543-0943 • king.mg@wsu.edu
A King County Master Gardener teaches a young girl how to plant seeds in a garden

Do you have a gardening question?

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

Master Gardener volunteers are trained para-professionals who will provide you with information that is research-based and focused on environmentally friendly gardening practices.

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

  • NEW! Master Gardener Online Plant Clinic – Our Master Gardener Plant Clinic is now online to answer your gardening questions. During your clinic visit, you will be able to share pictures of your plant, pest or disease concerns.
    • When: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 17, 2020 on Zoom.
    • How: To join the Online clinic during its hours of operation, click this link, then press enter and follow the prompts. The clinic password is 490023.
  •  Master Gardener Plant Clinic by Phone – You may also consult our Plant Clinic by phone:
    • When: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 17, 2020 on Zoom.
    • Dial 1 253 215 8782
    • Enter Meeting ID: 984 5100 2603 then
    • Enter the Password: 490023, when prompted.
  • Master Gardener e-Clinic via Email – Send your gardening questions via email to a Master Gardener at ask-a-mastergardener@live.com

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 the plant is 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?

It is also very helpful if you can share photos of your plant problem or plant or insect to be identified. Here are some helpful guidelines for what to include in your photos:

    • 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 root issues.
    • Show the live branches, limbs and leaves as well as the dead branches, limbs and leaves.
    • Show buds and flowers to help with plant identification, show the damage, etc.
    • Show the insect or other pest that is the suspected culprit in the damage.