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UW Horticultural Experts Begin Monthly Live Webinar Series

June 17, 2015

Gardeners and others vexed by plant problems and insect nuisances can send their particular pest questions to a panel of University of Wyoming horticultural experts for monthly live webinars beginning Thursday, June 25.

UW Extension county offices are host sites, says Chris Hilgert, state master gardener coordinator and a member of the panel. Other panelists are extension specialists Scott Schell, entomologist; Karen Panter, horticulturist; and William Stump, plant pathologist.

Hilgert asks residents to let local extension offices know they want to attend the “Plants, Pests, and Pathogens” webinar series. They should also send in their questions and any photographs that help show a particular problem.

The panel will give updates about plant and insect questions they have observed around the state, then answer questions sent from residents and those asked at the host sites.

All sessions are from noon-1:30 p.m. Dates in addition to June 25 are Thursday, July 30, Wednesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 24. Panelists will be on the UW campus in Laramie.

The series is a retooled effort of a horticultural program dropped several years ago.

“I’ve been getting requests from master gardeners and extension employees around the state to bring it back,” Hilgert says. The old format was question and answer, but panelists in the new format will discuss what they’ve been observing in the state, answer questions sent in and then ask for questions from each host site.

Questions and photographs can be sent to Schell at, Stump at, Panter at or Hilgert at

Schell, Panter or Hilgert can receive samples sent in care of their name to Department 3354, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY, 82071.

“I want to make sure it’s clear people should contact their extension offices to RSVP if they want to attend,” Hilgert says.

A list of county extension offices and contact information is at

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