Allegheny County Gardening Hotline

Gardenline is a free service offered through the Penn State extension office to help Allegheny County residents with gardening questions and concerns.

Master Gardeners answer questions on a variety of topics including growing vegetables, fruits, ornamentals and turf grass, plant identification, pruning, and insect and disease problems.  Master Gardeners encourage the use of integrated pest management and environmentally sound practices.


To help with identification and diagnosis, plant and insect specimens may be brought to the extension office in the Energy Innovation Center on Bedford Avenue.  For identification, 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 rubbing alcohol or freeze it for several days to preserve the specimen.  Digital photos for plant or insect identification can also be emailed to the office.


Spring/Summer Hours


April 1 to September 30


Monday - Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Winter Hours


October 1 to March 31

During winter months, Master Gardeners will return both email 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



Or you may 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.