Horticulture Help Line

If you live in Milwaukee County, call to discuss your plant health questions with UW-Extension horticulturists and Master Gardeners.

Horticulture Help Line: 414-256-4664
Monday – Wednesday, 9:00 am – Noon
Walk-in Wednesdays, 4 – 6 pm, every Wednesday, June thru August
     Or Wednesday afternoon by appointment, September thru May

Or look for the answers to your yard and garden questions through the services and publications listed below.

Photo of leaf with yellow spots from cedar apple rustPlant Problems & Identification

Let UW-Extension horticulturists and Master Gardeners identify your plants, insects and plant problems! Bring your plant and insect samples to our office Monday through Wednesday from 9 am – noon or Wednesdays from 4 – 6 pm through August. You may also drop-off a sample from 8 am – 4:30 pm on weekdays. Our staff will call you back with information. Fees are $4 per sample for Milwaukee County residents or $10 per sample for non-county residents.

Master Gardener volunteers examining a plant sampleHorticulture Center at Boerner Botanical Gardens

For horticulture literature, answers to your general gardening questions, plant identification and diagnosis of insect and disease problems, stop by to talk to our Plant Health Advisors and Master Gardener Volunteers. The Horticulture Center is located on the Lower Level of the Boerner Botanical Gardens Education & Visitor Center. Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm (May 1- September 30)

UW-Extension Learning Store logoUW-Extension Publications

UW-Extension offers a wide variety of publications on yard and garden topics. Most publications can be downloaded for free, but some are only available for purchase. For a complete list, visit the UW-Extension Publications web site.


Photo of lady beetlesHort Team Factsheets

Garden Facts are a series of free factsheets developed by the Urban Horticulture Team of UW-Extension for home gardeners.  They are short, concise and easy to read, with an emphasis on answers to questions that homeowners often ask about horticulture issues. These factsheets may be downloaded and printed from the Garden Facts web site.

Photo of vegetablesTimely Topics

What should you be doing in your yard and garden this month? Check the monthly Garden Calendar prepared by Sharon Morrisey, Consumer Horticulture Agent. You can view past segments on the FOX 6 website  Gus’ Garden Archives.


Photo of woman scooping soil into a soil sample test kitHave Your Soil Tested

Request a soil test mailer kit by contacting the UW Plant & Soil Analysis Lab directly. Go to the Soil Lab web site where you will find info-sheets, instructions, and lists of fees and services offered by the Lab. You can fill out the forms online or download them and submit your sample by mail. The basic lawn and garden soil test for Wisconsin residents is $15.00.

Photo of a cloudLocal Weather

Check today’s weather and the 7-day forecast for Milwaukee at the National Weather Service web site.


Photo of red and black raspberriesMore Links

Find more answers to your yard and garden questions at the web sites listed in our Horticulture Help Links.

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