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Diagnostic Plant Clinics

Program Contact: Master Gardeners
360-395-2368 • skagitmgplantclinic@gmail.com

Somethin’ buggin’ ya?  Come to one of our clinics or farmers market booths

You can print out and complete our Clinic Form ahead of time to save time!

The WSU Skagit County Master Gardeners host weekly Diagnostic Plant Clinics in Anacortes and Burlington to diagnose plant problems and provide assistance with plants, trees, landscaping and gardens including pest and disease identification.  There are also monthly Ask a Master Gardener Booths at the Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and Concrete Farmers Markets to provide general assistance with plants, trees, landscaping, and gardens.


Plant Disease Samples

Collecting and Packaging

Please submit as much of the plant as possible, including roots. Samples should include both the affected and healthy tissues so a comparison with the “normal” plant is possible. Do not send specimens that are completely dead, dried or rotted.  Digital photos of the whole plant are also helpful.

Vegetables, Bulbs and Annuals: Send entire affected plant, including roots.

Shrubs, Trees: Send both healthy and affected tissues. Include at least one specimen showing margin between healthy and diseased tissues.

Turfgrass: Send 4″ squares including roots and soil. Take samples at the edge of affected areas and include both healthy and affected grass. For best results, send samples representing healthy, slightly affected, and severely affected areas of lawn.


Insect Samples

Collecting and Packaging

Butterflies, moths and bees should be stored in a clear vial or other glass container.

DO NOT MAIL IN LIVE INSECTS or bring in badly damaged specimens.


Plant/Weed ID Samples

Collecting and Packaging

Samples for Plant and Weed ID must be alive, fresh, and undamaged. They should include leaves, buds, stems, flowers, roots, and fruits/seeds or as many of these features as possible. A single leaf is not enough!

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Clinic Locations

Burlington Clinic:
Wednesdays 10 am-2 pm April-October
WSU Skagit Co. Extension Office
11768 Westar Lane, Suite A
Burlington, WA 98233
360-395-2368
skagitmgplantclinic@gmail.com

Anacortes Clinic:
Saturdays 10 am-2 pm
May 5-October 13
Anacortes Farmers Market
Depot Center
7th St & “R” Ave.

Ask a Master Gardener Booth at Skagit County Farmers Markets

Mount Vernon Farmers Market
1st Saturday 9am-2pm
Jun-Sept

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market
3rd Wednesday 3pm-7pm
Jun-Sept

Concrete Saturday Market
last Saturday 9am-2pm
May-Aug

Can’t attend the clinics or have a problem in the winter…

Bring samples to the WSU Skagit County Extension Office (11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington, WA) during office hours (8:30-4:30, Mon-Fri) year round.

You can also email us at skagitmgplantclinic@gmail.com us with your plant problems.  Include a detailed description of the problem, plant or insect, location, and digital photos, if possible.  Also provide a phone number in case we have additional questions.  Please note: We may not be able to immediately answer your question and may ask you to bring a sample to the WSU Skagit County Extension in Burlington.