Master Gardeners are available in the County Extension office each day , Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until noon to answer phone in questions from the public. Residents may also bring in items to be identified or researched.Aiken County Extension Office Phone 803/649-6297 and Fax 803/649-6671
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Aiken County
1555 Richland Ave. East, Suite 500
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org questions to the Master Gardeners. A Master Gardener will respond to the email.
Master Gardeners are also available for questions at the Aiken Farmers Market from 8:00 A.M. until noon on the first Saturday of each month from April through November.
Bringing samples to the Extension Office for identification.
Bring all material to the extension office or one of our Meet a Master Gardener events at the Aiken Farmers Market.
Carefully collect insects and affected plant material showing insect damage. Bring as much of the affected plant material as possible. Place insects in a sealed container(glass or plastic jar) If insects can’t be gotten to the extension office within the day you can place the insect in a jar/vial of alcohol to preserve until it can be seen. Place moth/butterfly type insects in a box with cotton to prevent damage to the insect. Place any plant material in a plastic bag.
Select a plant which shows the affected area of the plant. Bring as much of the plant as possible including the plant roots. Include twigs and leaves that are alive if possible. Place in a plastic bag and try to wrap the roots separate from the stems/leaves to prevent getting the leaves dirty .
For turf problems take samples of around 4-6 inches showing the problem foliage and roots include soil(do not shake dirt off)intact. Try to include samples showing live areas in the affected area not just dead plant material.
Plants and Weeds are identified by many parts most important are: flowers, fruits/seeds, leaves, buds and young stems. Collect as many of the above as possible and place in a plastic bag.
Clemson HGIC Reference Database
You can also check on the Clemson Home and Garden Information Website for information brochures on an extensive variety of lawn and garden topics: http://www.aikenmastergardeners.org/gardentalk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/HGIClogo.jpg