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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.
  • Talk with a Master Gardener in our Live Video Clinics while asking questions and sharing your photos or your garden.

Talk with a Master Gardener in our Live Video Clinic

The King County Master Gardener plant clinics are now accessible online. Join us in 2021 with your gardening questions on your phone, tablet or other device. You can share photos* or show us your garden while you speak with our trained Master Gardener clinicians.

When? Video Clinics begin April 6, 2021, and continue through October 16, 2021

Tuesdays, 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Saturdays, 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Where to find us? Join us in our Zoom Meetings

Click on this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97486865709. Meeting ID: 974 8686 5709
Dial into the Zoom meeting:  +1 253 215 8782 with Meeting ID: 974 8686 5709
OR use the One Tap Mobile with your iPhone: +12532158782,,97486865709#

Email Your Questions and Photos to a Master Gardener for Help

You may send emails 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* may be sent directly to the Email Clinic at ask-a-mastergardener at live.com. Keep in mind that details of the plant or insect help us to help you.

* 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:

  • 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.

• Please help us get the word out that we’re still here to help. Post to your online social media sites. Thank you.

Updated March 8, 2021




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