Gardening and Environmental Hotline

The URI Gardening & Environmental Hotline is a free service that provides high-quality, science-based solutions to problems encountered by residential gardeners. It is staffed by trained URI Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners who will connect you to science-based horticultural information via phone, email or walk-in.

Trained URI Master Gardeners staff the hotline, serving as conduits to the knowledge base of the Land Grant University system.

If you would like to bring in a plant or insect for identification, please plan on visiting the hotline which is located at the URI Mallon Center. Other available services during walk-in hours are free pH & texture testing of your soil. For more information about soil testings, click here.


*All services that take place are free, but in the event that the hotliner volunteers are unable to ID your plant or pest you will have the option to have it looked at by the URI Plant Protection Clinic for a $10 fee.

Ways to Connect with the Hotline

CALL: (401) 874-4836; Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (April-October) (year-round)
 WALK IN: Mallon Outreach Center, 3 East Alumni Avenue, Kingston, RI; Monday – Thursday from 9:30AM -1:30PM (April – October)