Some of our procedures have temporarily changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Help with a Gardening Question
- Visit us at our Horticultural Help Desk, every Tuesday from 2 to 5pm at the Fluvanna Public Library. We are following health protocols so we will be outside under the covered patio. We have soil sample boxes and can accept plant samples for analysis. Challenge our Master Gardener Volunteers with your gardening questions!
- Click here to complete our Help Desk Contact Form. You will receive an automated receipt notice. A Master Gardener will reply as soon as possible.
- Call the Fluvanna VCE Office:
5725 James Madison Highway
Fork Union, VA 23055.
Phone (434) 591-1950.
If you have an urgent question, they can contact a Master Gardener to help you.
Soil Test Kits
VCE staff is working remotely at the present time but has left soil test kits outside the office for your use. Once your sample is ready to be mailed, please call 434-591-1950 to arrange a time for drop off of the kit and your check. Please be aware that staffing changes at VT due to COVID-19 are increasing sample turn-around time.
The Insect Identification Lab is currently open but will only accept electronic images for insects that are not of medical or veterinary importance. If you have an insect that you want identified Click Here to complete our Help Desk Contact Form.
VT is currently recommending electronic images for plant disease questions to minimize staff and volunteer exposure to COVID-19 during processing of samples.
If you must send a plant to the VT Plant Clinic, you must follow the instructions Virginia Tech has provided regarding sample submissions. Failure to follow VT Instructions may prevent the Clinic from processing your submission. Again, you will need to contact the VCE office 434-591-1950 to arrange dropoff. Click here for the Virginia Tech instructions.
Visit our FAQ
Use our Forum for Frequently Asked Questions that contains answers to a number of common gardening questions and includes a search function. Type your topic in the search bar OR click on the frequently asked question you are interested in (be sure to click on additional articles in individual sections) OR click on Contact Help Desk located directly under the search bar.
Thank you for visiting our website and Happy Gardening!