Helpline: 973-228-2210 Open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Fridays until 12 p.m. 

The Helpline of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County is committed to providing horticultural advice to the residents of Essex and Hudson Counties. We advise residents on a wide variety of horticultural concerns, including lawn care, pest control, composting, pruning, and flower and vegetable gardening.

Please Note: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all County of Essex buildings are closed, including Garibaldi Hall in Roseland, where the Helpline is physically located. Therefore, it is not possible to visit the Helpline in person at this time. However, our dedicated Helpline volunteer staff remains ready to answer your gardening questions. Each weekday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (until 12 p.m. on Friday) Helpline staff members check phone messages and emails to the Helpline. The staff uses resources available to them, such as Rutgers Fact Sheets and their personal libraries, to provide assistance.   

You may call the Helpline at (973) 228-2210 at any time and leave a message on the voicemail.  Or, you may email the Helpline at