Allegheny County Gardening Hotline
Master Gardeners answer questions on a variety of topics including growing vegetables, fruits, ornamentals and turfgrass, plant identification, pruning, and insect and disease problems. Advice encourages the use of integrated pest management and environmentally sound practices.
To help with identification and diagnosis, plant and insect specimens can be brought to the extension office in the Energy Innovation Center on Bedford Avenue. Select fresh plant samples with intact parts including flowers, if present. For diagnosis, bring a live sample that shows both healthy and unhealthy growth. Enclose live insect specimens and infested plants in an airtight container. If you cannot keep the insect alive, place it in a jar with alcohol or freeze it for several days to preserve the specimen. Digital photos for plant or insect identification can also be e-mailed to the office.
October 10 to April 1
During the winter months, Master Gardeners will return both e-mails and phone messages on a weekly basis. Phone calls and emails received during December will be answered in January due to the holidays.
Phone: (412)-482-3476, (412)-482-3477
Or you can bring your questions into the office:
Penn State Center Pittsburgh
1435 Bedford Avenue-Suite A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Free visitor parking is available at our office