University of Maryland Extension

Ask a Master Gardener Practicum

Date: Tuesday, September 15
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Western Maryland Hospital Center
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue
3 North Conference Room
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Registration Deadline: September 8

For more information and to register

Registration Fee: $40.00

This class will count as 5 hours of continuing education and also towards the Plant Diagnostics certificate.

Class Description:

We would all like to be able to better answer questions at our “Ask a Master Gardener” events. Some of us don’t even sign up to help out at these events because we feel like we don’t know enough.

Now’s your chance to learn more, hone your diagnostic skills and feel comfortable with your abilities and with the public.

This class will include both an introduction to entomology diagnostics and an introduction to disease diagnostics. Attendees will learn how to use references and also learn to recognize abiotic factors.

In the morning there will be field walk and in the afternoon there will be a mock plant clinic.  Attendees will receive practice dealing with the public and their questions and learn about the nitty gritty details of plant clinics.


Dr. David Clement has served as a state-wide extension specialist in plant pathology/IPM/diagnostics for the University of Maryland Extension for the past 25 years. His primary focus areas are invasive disease species education, the correct diagnosis of ornamental/lawn problems, and management of diseases/cultural issues through IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies. He coordinates, develops, and participates in presentations and applied research targeted to the Landscape/Turf industry and is located at The University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center.

Ms. Mary Kay Malinoski received a B.S. in entomology from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in pest management from the University of California Riverside.  She serves as a state wide Maryland Extension Specialist in entomology/IPM dealing with pest problems that occur in ornamentals and turf for the commercial Green Industries, the public, arboreta, military and other state and federal agencies.  She develops program delivery methods through web sites, fact sheets, books, posters, professional meetings, webinars and face to face trainings.  Major emphasis is the management of native and invasive insect through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies.  Malinoski has over 30 years of experience in plant pest/problem diagnostics.  She is also involved with regional and national IPM programming.

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