The Maryland Master Gardener Program, a volunteer education program taught and administered by University of Maryland Extension (UME), puts research-based knowledge and environmental power into the hands of people who want to create sustainable gardens and landscapes, and protect and improve natural resources. Master Gardeners are citizens from all walks of life who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help residents solve problems and make environmentally-sound decisions on public and private properties.
All Maryland Master Gardeners have had 40 or more hours of training from University of Maryland Extension, then volunteer to share their knowledge and expertise in their communities.
In 2014 alone, approximately 1,760 Master Gardeners volunteered over 105,300 hours of their time. Estimates of the value of volunteer time equate this contribution at over $2,780,973 for the state of Maryland!