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Hillsborough Master Gardener Help Desk

Staff and Master Gardeners are available to answer questions on the telephone or in person from homeowners about their landscapes. They can assist homeowners with lawn and pest problems, what to successfully grow in their landscape and vegetable gardens, and when and how to water effectively. Insect and plant samples may be taken to the Help Desk for identification and for solutions to problems. Soil samples can be tested for a nominal charge to determine pH.

Services Available:

  • Troubleshooting plant problems
  • Soil pH testing
  • Insect identification
  • Plant identification
  • Disease identification
  • Irrigation recommendations
  • Vegetable and fruit tree growing assistance
  • Nutritional recommendations

Interested in joining the Master Gardener Program?

The goal of the Master Gardener Program is to provide comprehensive training on different gardening topics so that Master Gardeners Volunteers can serve as an “Extension” of the University of Florida/Hillsborough County Extension Service and share that information with Hillsborough County residents.

Come down to our office or reach out to University of Florida for help with testing:

Contact Us

Master Gardner Help Desk
(813) 744-5519 x 54102
Tia Silvasy
Residential Horticulture Extension Agent,
Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
(813) 744-5519 x 54145

Jeff Aker
Horticulture Program Assistant
(813) 744-5519 x 54139

5339 County Rd. 579
Seffner, FL 33584-3334

Monday - Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm

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