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    Sedgwick County

    Sedgwick County
    7001 W. 21st Street N.
    Wichita, Ks  67205
    Map & Location

    Office Hours:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday - Friday

    316-660-0100
    316-660-0166 fax
    sg@listserv.ksu.edu

    Gardening and Lawn Care 

    We offer a variety of resources, classes, and opportunities for aspiring and experienced gardeners, DIY home lawn care, and commercial horticulture operations. 

    Have a gardening or lawn care question?

    We can still help answer your gardening and landscape questions, even though our office is closed! We encourage you to submit questions and pictures through our Garden Hotline email. You can also find answers and resources for the most common questions at the Horticulture Information Center

    Garden Hotline
    Monday-Friday 
    sgemghotline@gmail.com
    (316) 660-0190 (Leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.)

    At the moment, we are not able to accept plant samples at our office. However, we recommend that you try emailing pictures of your plant to our email address listed above. For best results and fastest response, we would encourage you to send multiple pictures, as listed below.

    For pest or disease diagnosis: 

    1. One picture of the entire plant or garden area
    2. One picture of a branch or affected area
    3. One close up, in focus picture of any symptoms of concern (leaf spots, holes, discoloration, etc.) 

    For plant identification: 

    1. One picture of the entire plant or garden area
    2. One picture of leaves or branches
    3. One picture of any flowers, flower buds, or seeds visible

     For a soil fertility test, we are encouraging customers to submit their samples directly to the K-State Soil Testing Lab for maximum safety. Please view our Soil Testing Procedures page for details on that process. (Please note: Soil testing only provides nutrient information, it does not test for diseases in the soil.)

    Gardening Resources We Offer

    We have many online gardening resources to help you in the garden, lawn and landscape. Stay up-to-date with the latest research-based information: 

    Programs We Offer

    We will be offering timely gardening tips and programming online over the coming weeks and months. Like our Facebook Page to learn about upcoming programs and see gardening tips! 

    We have a range of gardening and lawn care classes, workshops, and events throughout the year. The majority of our programs are held between January and June, usually on Saturdays or weekday evenings  at the Extension Education Center. Current classes and events can be found on the right sidebar. For more information on our free public events, visit our Public Events and Tours page. 

    Want to know more about the Extension Master Gardener Program?

    The Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program through K-State Research and Extension. The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners operate the Garden Hotline, maintain demonstration gardens, teach youth, and hold events and tours for the public. 

    On Our Grounds

    Our mission is to ensure that the grounds surrounding our facility serve as a learning environment for the public. We feature a Demonstration Garden that is open year-round and offers educational exhibits with raised growing beds, seasonal vegetable plantings, a compost demonstration, and an outdoor classroom area. The Extension Arboretum was created in 1994 and serves as a resource for Sedgwick County citizens. The Arboretum showcases specific trees, shrubs and other plants that are ideal for growing in our County. For more information on the gardens, visit the Demonstration Gardens page. 

     

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    Current Gardening Topics
    My pin oak tree has the strange growths on the leaves. What is it and what can I do? Is this what causes the Oak Itch Mites? 

    There's a good chance that what you are seeing is Oak Vein Pocket Gall. Many local pin oak trees have been severely affected for the last few years. This gall is not associated with the itch mites. That is caused by the Oak Leaf Marginal Gall. The best option is to do nothing, because there are not any effective insecticides. 

    What variety of ______ should I plant in my yard? 

     

    Contact Information

    Have Questions? Contact:

    Sedgwick County 
    Horticulture
    7001 W. 21st St. North
    Wichita KS 67205-1759
    (316) 660-0143
    Fax (316)722-1432

    Garden Hotline
    (316) 660-0190
    sgemghotline@gmail.com
    March-October
    Mon-Fri
    9 am - Noon
    1 pm - 4 pm

    Matt McKernan
    Ornamental Horticulture Agent
    (316) 660-0140
    mckernan@ksu.edu 

    Rebecca McMahon
    Horticultural Food Crops Agent
    (316) 660-0142
    rmcmahon@ksu.edu

    Angie Maben
    Master Gardener Coordinator
    (316) 660-0138
    amaben@ksu.edu