Help Desk

Our Help Desks are staffed by Master Gardener volunteers who will be happy to take your questions either by phone or in person. The Culpeper, Madison, Greene and Orange Help Desks are located in the respective county extension office. They have reference material on site, and have internet access for researching topics. If you have a problem plant that you wish our volunteers to look at, please bring in a large enough sample of the plant, not just a few leaves. Try to get a branch all the way back to the stem. A digital photo would also be very good. Each Help Desk meets monthly with our Horticulture Agent for discussions about gardening questions that may be expected during the coming month. At left, the photo shows one such meeting in the Madison Extension Office.


The Culpeper Help Desk normally is operational from the beginning of May to the end of September. The desk is not currently staffed, but message can be left and calls will be returned.
Culpeper Extension Office
101 S. West Street
Culpeper, VA 22701


A Master Gardener will be at the Help Desk every Monday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, from the first Monday in May through the last Monday in October. The Help Desk is located at the Greene County Extension Office in Stanardsville and will to provide research based answers to lawn and garden questions. Ellen Thurnau is the lead of this project and can be contacted at to volunteer.
Greene Extension Office
10013 Spotswood Trail
Stanardsville, VA 22973


Katy Cashman ( or Sheree Sherer (
Madison Extension Office
2 South Main Street
War Memorial Bldg. 2nd Floor
Madison, VA 22727

The Orange Help Desk is open Wednesdays 9 to noon, from April until the last Wednesday in September.
Orange Extension Office
146 Madison Road, Suite 102
1st Floor, Sedwick Building
Orange, VA 22960