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What’s This Plant? Serving Our Community with Volunteer Plant Clinics

Serving the Public is What We Do Best

The bread and butter of our work at UF/IFAS Extension is providing the public with research-based solutions to everyday problems. An integral way we complete this task is by offering the expertise of our Master Gardener Volunteers to the public via our Diagnostic Plant Clinic. For decades our office has served as a one-stop shop for all questions related to plant and insect identification, common plant diseases, soil and water testing. Many of our repeat customers have been bringing samples of their plants to our office for years and have built a rapport with our expert volunteers. One of the unique components of our plant clinic service is to connect the public with experts at the University of Florida in cases when our volunteers and local agents are stumped.

The Covid pandemic has changed the way we interface with the public, but not our mission nor our drive to deliver high quality services. Throughout the past six months we have continued to field your emails and phone calls while offering a ‘hands-free’ drop box at our office for soil, water and plant samples.

New Online Form

In order to streamline the process of answering your pressing questions, we have created a submission form that you can fill out online at our website. Or right here. You can even scan this QR code to go to the form!

Plant Clinic Reopening

We are happy to announce that we will be reopening our in-person plant clinic services at the Manatee County Extension Office: 1303 17th Ave West Palmetto, FL 34221 on a limited basis Tuesday, September 15th. We will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to Noon.

Our Master Gardener Volunteers are excited to get back to the office to help you! We look forward to answering your pressing landscape questions.

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