University of Maryland Extension

Become a Master Gardener

How to Become a Master Gardener 

Do you enjoy gardening and want to share your knowledge by educating & volunteering in the community? Take this course to become a Maryland Master Gardener in Charles County! The sessions are taught by University of Maryland Extension specialists, educators and other horticulture professionals.

Course participants must then complete 40 hours of volunteer service with the program to become Master Gardeners. Those with a Maryland Teaching Certificate may receive 3 CPD credits for completing the course. The course covers a range of topics related to plants, gardening and the environment. Click here to see the previous 2018 class schedule.


Our next Master Gardener Basic Training Course will be held from 9 am - 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from February 5th until March 21st, 2019 at the Charles County Extension office in Bel Alton.  The $180/person includes the Master Gardener Handbook & course materials. 

For additional information on becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, click here. If you have questions regarding the Master Gardener Program in Charles County, please contact the Extension office at 301-934-5403 or email Luke Gustafson.
What? Master Gardener Basic Training Course
When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb 5 – March 21, 2019, 9 am – 3 pm
Where? UME Charles County, 9501 Crain Highway, Box 1, Bel Alton, MD 20611
How much? $180/person - includes Master Gardener Handbook & course materials
Who should apply? Any adult with interest in gardening & volunteering
How to apply? Complete & return the volunteer application 
Questions? Contact Luke Gustafson, LNG@UMD.EDU or 301-934-5404
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