Have a Gardening Question? Ask an Extension Master Gardener!

We're here to help! The UVM Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Helpline serves Vermont residents by providing science based information about home horticulture issues and integrated pest management (IPM). Unfortunately, Master Gardener Volunteers do NOT provide personal site visits to home gardens. Volunteers are also limited on the pesticides they are allowed to recommend as they are not licensed pesticide applicators.

Note for Commercial Growers: You should visit the Plant Diagnostic Clinic -- do NOT not submit your question using the form below.

Open for the 2022 Growing Season 

The Extension Master Gardener Helpline is open to take your gardening questions through October 27, 2022. 

Ask Your Gardening Questions Online

Submit Your Question

To submit a question online, please complete the sections of the "Ask Extension" form in the box below. IMPORTANT: Once you submit your online question, you will receive a confirmation email from askextension@eduworks.com. If you do not see this confirmation in your Inbox, please check your SPAM/JUNK folder.

Upload Photos and/or Soil Test Report

Photos are very welcome! Submit up to three images with your question to help us gain a better sense of your situation. If you have a question about your soil test report, please upload it as an image (PDF) and be sure to check the box to set your question as private (to protect your contact information from going public). 

Tips for Submitting Photos *The maximum file size is 8 MB per image, and up to three images may be uploaded.

Helpline Phone

Helpline Phone

802-656-5421 - Volunteers are available to assist on Thursdays, 9-12.

If you do not have access to email or a computer and are unable to use the online form, please leave a message and be sure to include:

  • Name
  • County
  • Phone
  • Email Address (if available)
  • Details of your Question

Please do not leave a message if you are going to submit your question online. Simply hang up.

Please Submit Specimens Online

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Plant Diagnostic Lab is not accepting any home garden insect or plant specimens for the 2022 season. If you would like to have something identified, please use the Submit Online form located above and include good/clear images of the entire plant/insect, and a close up of the specific damage occuring (see tips for submitting photos above).

Thank you for your understanding.

Not in Vermont?

Due to the large volume of requests, differences in climatic conditions, and variation in state pesticide regulations, we can only assist with issues that occur in Vermont. Find a National Master Gardener Program near you.

Directions & Map to Helpline Office

This work is supported by Crop Protection and Pest Management Program [grant no. 2021-70006-35509/project accession no. 1027204] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.