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Extension Master Gardener Help Desk

VCE Master Gardener Help Desk is now open from 9am - 12pm Monday through Friday. We are closed on Holidays.

Got an insect or plant disease problem?   We can help! You can find us in our usual space at the Fairlington Community Center.   

Please call ahead at (703-228-6414) to make sure that a volunteer is available or submit your question to us directly by email with background information found in this form:

You can print and scan this form to return to us. Send this information and your photos to us at  

Before you contact us, check out this VCE publication with helpful plant problem diagnosis tips.

How to take good diagnostic photos:  
For best results, submit
1. a photo of the entire plant
2. a photo of the branch or section of the plant that is in question
3. closeup photos of the problem, the top and bottom of a leaf if applicable, the signs of insects if applicable.
4. Tips for taking a picture of an insect-  Put it in the freezer for a few minutes to slow it down enough to take a good picture; put it on a piece of sticky paper to slow it down; don’t smash it;  place it inside of a small glass jar? 


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Tick Information
Spotted Lantern Fly
Spotted Lantern Fly Information
Soil Test Kits
Soil Test Kits

Extension Master Gardener Help Desk

Reach us in person:
Fairlington Community Center
3308 South Stafford Street
Arlington VA 22206

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Other Plant Clinic Locations for Questions

Arlington Central Library
Open mid March-October
6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Old Town Alexandria Farmers' Market Plant Clinic
Open May to September, 7:00 a.m to 9:30 a.m.

Arlington Farmers' Market Plant Clinic
Open April to September, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Del Ray Farmers' Market Plant Clinic
Open May to September, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Sundays                                             Fairlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic
9:00 am - 11:00am