The Master Gardener Helpline will be closed for Winter Break as of December 2, 2023 and will reopen on Monday, March 4, 2024.  No one will be in the office during Winter Break and emails (and phone messages) will be checked only infrequently.  Please be guided accordingly. 

Helpline: (973) 228-2210.  Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 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.  The Helpline Staff uses resources such as Rutgers Fact Sheets and the Helpline library to provide assistance. You may visit the Helpline office with samples of plant problems, plant or insect identification, and so on.

You may also  email the Helpline at  If you email, please include your phone number for a call back.  The Helpline staff cannot provide a response via email, but a staff member will call you as soon as possible.  When emailing an inquiry, it is always helpful to provide  photos that will aid the Helpline staff in diagnosing your issue.