Chesapeake Extension Master Gardener Help Desk

The Chesapeake Extension Master Gardener Help Desk provides resources and solutions for the home gardener. Have a question? We've provided a list of our most popular publications below, but you can also get help by searching the online publications database or utilize our help desk services. 

Citizens may call, visit, or e-mail us with their gardening questions and we will supply the latest research-based information. Gardeners are encouraged to bring in samples for diagnosis and solutions to gardening problems. If we cannot diagnose the problem on site, we will mail samples to Virginia Tech for laboratory analysis. For directions on collecting samples, try either one of these publications: Soil Testing and Plant Analysis or Soil Sampling for the Home Gardener.

Help Desk Hours: Monday & Friday (excluding holidays) 9:00am to 12:00pm and Wednesdays from Noon to 3:00 pm. Samples may be dropped off during the same hours.  Please use the phone number to speak to an agent.

Telephone us at: 757-382-6348
Visit us at: the Agricultural Trailer 
Email us at:

We've also created a help desk online inquiry form that asks many of the questions our volunteers would explore with you. The answers go directly to our volunteers and they will follow-up with a phone call, email and/or publication mailing as needed. 


Identification and Diagnosis Articles:

Popular Publications:


Only fields that are starred are required. Do your best to answer as many of the questions below as possible. This will help our master gardeners to diagnose the problem and recommend a course of action for your troubled plant.

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If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify the Chesapeake Extension Office at 757-382-6348/TDD*) during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.