University of Maryland Extension

About the Program


Our Vision

We envision a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

Our Mission

We support the University of Maryland Extension (UME) mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

Our History

The UME Master Gardener Program began in 1978 as a means to extend science-based knowledge to the general public by providing horticultural and pest management expertise to help protect and improve Maryland’s natural resources. Today, this popular program can be found in 20 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. 

UME Master Gardeners are volunteers who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help residents in their communities solve problems and make environmentally-sound decisions.  


Become a Master Gardener

Contact UME Master Gardener County/City Coordinators

Local UME Master Gardener County/City Programs

Contact the UME Master Gardener Program State Office 


Our Programs

Ask a Master Gardener Plant Clinic

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During Ask a Master Gardener Plant Clinics, UME Master Gardeners assist the public by answering plant, lawn care, landscape, and pest problems. The plant clinics are typically held at local libraries and farmers markets. Please visit the county/city UME Master Gardener Program websites for plant clinic details.

Bay-Wise Program

During UME Bay-Wise programming, UME Master Gardeners educate the public about UME Bay-Wise landscape management best practices and conduct one-on-one site visits at private/public properties to help qualify the properties for the following certifications: UME Bay-Wise Maryland Yardstick for Landscapes and UME Bay-Wise Maryland Yardstick for Vegetable Gardens. Please visit the county/city UME Master Gardener Program websites for program details.

Composting

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Composting programs (also known as Urban Nutrient Management) includes education about backyard and community composting, soil improvement techniques, soil testing, and fertilizer use. Please visit the county/city UME Master Gardener Program websites for program details.

Grow It Eat It 

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Grow It Eat It (GIEI) programs promote backyard and community food production.  Please visit the county/city UME Master Gardener Program websites for program details.

Native Plants

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Native Plant programs educate the public about native plants and invasive plants in Maryland. Please visit the county/city UME Master Gardener Program websites for program details.

Pollinator programs educate the public to identify native and non-native insect species; learn to attract beneficial insects (pollinators and natural enemies) to a garden; and learn to include IPM-Integrated Pest Management techniques to your gardening routine. Please visit the county/city UME Master Gardener Program websites for program details.

Therapeutic Horticulture

Being inclusive of all Maryland residents is a program goal for the UME Master Gardener Therapeutic Horticulture Program. During UME Master Gardener Therapeutic Horticulture programming, UME Master Gardeners offer specialized horticulture programming to vulnerable populations. UME Master Gardener Therapeutic Horticulture Programs often partner with assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, public gardens, non-profits, and other local organizations/programs to offer programming. To learn more about this program, please contact the UME Master Gardener County/City Coordinators directly for details.

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