About the Plant Information Office
The Plant Information Office was established in 1968, and has continuously served the public in the greater-NYC region for over thirty years. Over the years such dynamic horticultural personalities as T.H. Everett, distinguished librarian Elizabeth C. Hall and garden writer Dora Galitski have responded to daily telephone inquires.
The service operates out of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library where the staff relies heavily on the Library’s collections, as well as their own professional experience, to answer a variety of questions from the public related to plants. Popular topics include indoor and outdoor horiculture, with staff providing expertise in a variety of areas, including plant ID, integrated pest management, landscape design, and floral design.
The service provides valuable information on cultural requirements such as planting, fertilizing, pruning and propagation as well as assistance with landscape design inquiries. The office is an exceptional regional resource for those in NYC and surrounding areas, (Westchester, New Jersey, Long Island, etc.), and is a free and valuable resource for those further afield, both nationally and beyond.
Staff: Eric Lieberman & Anita Finkle-Guerrero
Volunteers: Leslie Coleman, Johanna DeCourcy, Louise Edeiken, Stan Kestenbaum, & Ken Lloyd
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Use this form to send us a question, or use the "Ask an Expert" box to submit a question with an image. You are also able to send images and questions to us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the form on this page.
If you are asking a question related to plant identfication, pelase include some details about the plant you would like identified. Where is it located geographically? How tall is it? What is the size of a leaf? What is the size of a blossom? What sort of environment does it grow in (damp/dry, sun/shade, etc.)? Did you find the plant in the wild or in a garden? Any other descriptive things you can include will be helpful.