The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County serves the gardening, invasive species and tree care needs of the community through its Community Horticulture Program.  

Have a gardening question? Our Master Gardeners are here to help! Call the Horticulture Hotline or come into the office during hotline hours. Horticulture Hotline: 845-340-DIRT (3478)

  • Summer Hours: Monday / Wednesday / Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Winter Hours: Friday only 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Services provided through the Master Gardener Program's Horticulture hotline include the following - click on links provided for more information or call us.

Helpful tips to get the most out of our services:

For insect ID, it is helpful if you don't crush the bug. You can capture the bug and place it in a small jar with rubbing alcohol or clear hand sanitizer. This preserves the color, and body of the insect.

For plant ID or plant disease ID, if you can bring a substantial sample with several leaves or flowers that gives the mater gardeners more to work with. If you bringing in a disease sample, if you could bring a sample of the infected plant and a healthy sample that would be super helpful.

CCE Blocks in Bloom Strengthens Rochester Communities

Led by Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County Master Gardener volunteers, the Rochester Blocks in Bloom community gardening initiative helps inner city home owners and renters grow neighborhood pride through the growth of home front flower gardens. With 665 households participating on over 70 city blocks, residents say the program has to increased community spirit and made their streets safer.


Dona Crawford
Community Horticulture Program Coordinator
845-340-3990 ext. 335

Last updated June 18, 2020