Resources for Gardeners

Join the Gardens Network
Want to become a bigger part of the gardening community, build relationships, and access resources? Become a member of the Gardens Network and view the Gardens Network brochure!

Horticulture Hotline
Questions on how to make the most of your plot? Try asking other gardeners in your community – they can be a wealth of knowledge, and you’ll make a personal connection. Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteers are also available to answer questions: call the Horticulture Hotline at 608-224-3721, or send them an email at The Horticulture Hotline is staffed by volunteers May-October, if you have questions at other times in the season please contact Dane County UW Extension Horticulture Educators.

Gardening to Fight Hunger in our Community
CAC continues to support two initiatives for gardeners interesting in growing food to donate to area food pantries: Food Pantry Gardens and Plant A Row for the Hungry. For more information, please contact CAC at or 608-246-4730.

Dane County Seed Library
Five Dane County libraries have started a self-sustaining seed exchange program. Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return the harvested seeds back to the library offering the program. Participants are encouraged to return the seeds keep the program running smoothly and effectively. For more information, visit the program’s website. Contact Michael Spelman at 608-266-6395 or with questions.


UW Extension Diagnostic Services