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Do you have a plant problem? Do you want to identify a plant or insect?

Ask a plant expert. Ask a Master Gardener.

Master Gardeners are ready to answer your gardening questions, and now there is more than one way to reach our Master Gardener experts:

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  • Email Master Gardeners at ask-a-mastergardener@live.com and receive a detailed message in response to your questions.
  • Speak directly with a Master Gardener. Several local Plant Clinics have reopened as of June 26. Watch for our plant clinics at your local farmers market or store in July.
  • Talk with a Master Gardener in our Live Video Clinics while asking questions and sharing your photos or your garden. Video Clinics have been suspend for 2021 as of June 26.

Email Your Questions and Photos to a Master Gardener for Help

Here’s how to connect with us. You may send emails and photos directly to ask-a-mastergardener@live.com. To help us better diagnose a plant problem, it is important to include details in your email message such as:

  • What is the name of your plant, if known?
  • 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 the plant is watered and how much? For example, hand watered 3 times a week for 10 minutes, or no irrigation except rainfall.
  • 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.

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:

  • 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 live branches/limbs and leaves, dead or dying branches/limbs and leaves to help us determine the spread.
  • Show buds 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.

Both information and photographs may be sent directly to the Email Clinic at ask-a-mastergardener at live.com.

Talk with a Master Gardener in our In-Person Plant Clinics

The King County Master Gardener in-person plant clinics have partially opened in June 2021. Please look for the familiar Ask-a-Master Gardener booth at a farmers market or store nearby. Here is the map of Master Gardener Plant Clinics and Demonstration Gardens in King County to help you find ones close to you. These clinics will not have regular hours in 2021, so please disregard the posted times. Master Gardeners are working to conform to the latest COVID advice and restrictions as we seek to reopen. Thank you for your patience.

Meet with Master Gardener in our Live Video Clinic

When? Video Clinics have been suspended for the remainder of 2021. Thank you for visiting with us this year.

Updated June 26, 2021




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