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Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Azaleas - Brookside Gardens

Montgomery County Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Brookside Gardens is one of the sites for the Montgomery County Master Gardener Plant Clinics.  Bring your gardening questions, plant materials or mystery insect to one of the Plant Clinics staffed by Montgomery County Master Gardeners. These volunteers have had training in soil and plant science, tree and shrub identification, integrated pest management, pesticide safety, plant diseases and insect pests.

Plant clinics will be held in the Brookside Gardens’ Visitor Center during the following dates and times:

April 6 – November 10

  • Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sundays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

If there are inclement weather conditions during plant clinic hours, please call the Brookside Gardens Information Desk, at 301-962-1400 (press 5), to verify that the Master Gardeners will be holding plant clinics.

What can we do for you?

Master Gardeners will help you to:

  • Select the right plants and trees for your site.
  • Decide when and how to test your soil.
  • Feed your turf without feeding the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Identify weeds, insects and disease.
  • Avoid blanket use of herbicides and pesticides.
  • Identify and avoid killing beneficial insects.
  • Learn how and when to prune your trees and shrubs.
  • Chose the right mulch for your garden.
  • Read seed catalogues: decode VFFFNT for tomatoes.
  • Develop strategies to deal with deer.

Master Gardeners Programs