Virginia Cooperative Extension, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Phone 703-228-6414 (http://offices.ext.vt.edu/arlington). Knowledgeable staff can offer advice on local conditions, pest management, plant and insect identification. Specific brochures and flyers, as well as soil test kits, are available at no cost to the public. VCE runs the Master Gardener program as well as the Master
Gardener Help Desk (see below).
Master Gardener Help Desk: call or walk-in clinic located at Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Monday-Friday, 9 AM-noon. Phone: 703-228-6414. Call with questions and/or bring in gardening samples for help identifying, diagnosing problems, etc. You can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of problem is helpful.
Online: http://www.ext.vt.edu/ This site gives you direct access to all the publications and other resources of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Also, for a broader internet search, enter a topic in your search engine, then add ‘site:edu’ to it. It will yield results from universities, extension offices,
etc. that are highly reputable sources. For example: deer resistant plants site:edu.
Master Gardener Program: A course is given Sep.-Nov. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; it comprises over 60 hours of classroom training plus 60 hours of hands-on internship. Contact VCE at 703-228-6414. Master Gardeners are volunteers whose main function is to help educate the public in sustainable landscape practices. They volunteer at plant clinics, Help Desk, and demonstration gardens and assist people in diagnosing and recommending treatments for plant-related problems. They also offer public education programs as well as speakers for clubs, civic associations, etc.
Soil tests: The Virginia Cooperative Extension office, and its Master Gardener plant clinics, has soil kits, information and mailing instructions for sending soil samples to Virginia Tech for analysis.