Gardening Questions

Horticultural Help Desk

The Help Desk is a service offered at the James City County Extension office to answer horticultural questions for homeowners.  Citizens can call, e-mail, or come to the extension office with questions or problems encountered in home gardening.  An active Master Gardener or Intern will research these questions and respond to the questioner.

Walk in: April –October

             Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays

              9:00 m – 12:00 noon

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Diagnostic Clinics

In Addition to the Help Desk, several Diagnostic Clinics are held in the JCC Extension Office during the spring and fall. The clinics are designed to provide public information and education on identifying plants and diagnosing pests and diseases and to provide information on proper, safe and environmentally conscious treatment of homeowner plant problems.

Walk in: 2017 Mondays in May 9:30-12:30

diagnostic clinic
Diagnostic Clinic

Farmers’ Market

The Williamsburg Farmers’ Market is held on Saturdays at Merchants’ Square in downtown Williamsburg. The Extension Master Gardeners staff a booth every other Saturday from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. from April through September. The booth is comprised of three tables under two canopies: one table provides turf information, one table provides general information and answers questions from the public (much like the Help Desk at the extension office), and the third table varies from market to market. This table features a theme developed by various Extension Master Gardener project volunteers. Themes have included herbs, vegetables, trees/shrubs, drought tolerant plants, plant propagation, perennials, etc.

2017 Spring/Summer Dates:

April 8

April 22
Gardening with Children

May 6
National Herb Day

May 20

June 3
Water Stewards

June 17
Incredible Edibles 

farmers-MarketAnnual Plant Sale

The Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale is held every spring as our organization’s major annual fund raiser.  Master Gardeners grow plants from seed, transplant plants, repot plants and collect plants and then price and label them for the sale.  In addition to EMG’s being available on site to answer any questions, the sale hosts educational activities for children, tours of our community garden, and educational programing on sustainable gardening

2017 Dates: April 29, 2017

Place: Historical Triangle Community Services Center – Waller Mill Road


Virginia Cooperative Extension

Soil test mailing boxes may be obtained , free of charge.

Visit: Virginia Cooperative Extension
3127 Forge Road
Toano, VA 23168

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