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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What should you be doing in your yard and garden this month? Check the monthly Garden Calendar prepared by Sharon Morrisey, Consumer Horticulture Agent. Sharon also provides timely gardening information between 7 and 9 am Mondays on Fox 6′s Gus’ Garden (April-October) and the 1st Tuesday of each month from Noon to 1 pm at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Gardening Chat.
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.
Check today’s weather and the 7-day forecast for Milwaukee at the National Weather Service web site.
Find more answers to your yard and garden questions at the web sites listed in our Horticulture Help Links.