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Have a Gardening Question? Ask a Local Master Gardener!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Spring has finally sprung! Meaning the Master Gardeners are back at their help desks to answer your questions! Here in northwestern Illinois, every county has a group of master gardeners, who as part of their volunteer service, spend time in the office each week answering gardening questions from the public. See the chart below for the dates and times the master gardeners are in the office in your county!

County

Dates

Weekdays

Times

Phone Number

Email

DeKalb

April 29 - September 27

M - F

9:00 am-12:00 pm

815-758-8194

uiemg-dekalb@illinois.edu

Ogle

April-September

M, W, F

9:00 am-12:00 pm

815-732-2191

uiemg-ogle@illinois.edu

Boone

April 8 - September 27

M and F

9:00 am-12:00 pm

815-544-3710

uiemg-boone@illinois.edu

Jo Daviess

May- September

M and W

10:00-12:00 pm

815-858-2273

Stephenson

May-September

M - F

9:00 am- 11:00 am

815-235-4125

uiemg-stephenson@illinois.edu

Winnebago

April-October

M - F

9-12 and 1-4 pm

815-986-4357

uiemg-winnebago@illinois.edu


Tips on submitting a plant sample to the Master Gardener Help Desk

  • Bring in or email¬†photos of the plant. Be sure to include the surrounding environment.
  • If possible bring in the entire plant if appropriate, especially if it is a vegetable, annual or perennial flower.
  • Woody plant samples should be as large as practical. Collect samples from areas that are still alive and showing symptoms.
  • Collect several plant specimens showing a range of symptoms. Collect both healthy and damaged plant parts.
  • Provide as much background and related information as possible. Make note of flooding, shade, environmental changes, pesticides used and fertilizer history. Watch for any observable patterns or uniformity.
  • It may be necessary to wait until the plant blooms for a botanical identification.
  • After collecting samples, do not expose them to direct sunlight. Keep them cool and do not allow them to dry out. Weeds tend to wilt quickly, consider placing them between two pieces of moist paper towel and bring them in as soon as possible.

 



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