Master Gardener volunteers identify plant and insect samples, diagnose plant samples and perform soil pH testing in our Horticulture Diagnostic Lab.
The CCEDC Horticulture Hotline is open Wednesdays from 9-noon, April through August. For the months of September and October, the Hotline is open on Thursdays from 9-noon.The Hotline number is 845-677-5067. Reduced hours of operation are due to 2011 county budget cuts and loss of staff. Funding was not restored for 2012.
Samples for diagnosis may be dropped off at the Dutchess County Farm & Home Center M-F, 8:30 AM- 4 PM. The receptionist will have you fill out a form and collect payment. Diagnosis results will be mailed within 7 days of receipt. Please call our office if you have any questions about submitting samples
Master Gardeners are a group of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to extend information throughout the county. The first MG program was started in Washington state in 1972. Dutchess County was the first county inNYS (1975) to train MG volunteers. Forty six states now have MG programs with over 23,000 people participating nationwide. More than 1100 of these MGs are from NYS.
There are currently 90 active MG volunteers in Dutchess County.
Our program is funded through volunteer fundraising efforts and from donations from the public. To make a tax deductable gift (we are a 501(c)(3) organization) , please send your check to Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, 2715 Rt 44, Suite 1, Millbrook, NY, 12545. Checks should be made out to CCEDC and sent to the attention of Nancy Halas. Please be sure to include a note stating that you would like your gift to be directed towards the Community Horticulture Program (Master Gardeners). Thank you!
Last updated September 19, 2018