Maryland Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by the University of Maryland, who provide horticultural education services to individuals, groups and communities. Over 1,000 Master Gardeners in Maryland contribute tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, serving citizens of the State. The Maryland Extension, an outreach education arm of the University of Maryland, adopted the Master Gardener program in 1978.
The Talbot County Master Gardener program was started in 2005 and presently numbers more than 100 volunteers. Eighteen of this number are Master Gardener interns who, having completed their seven weeks of training last fall, are now performing their required 40 hours of community service. Twenty-three members took additional training last spring and now are certified as Bay Wise Master Gardeners. All-in-all, Talbot County Master Gardeners performed 3000 hours of community service in 2009 and completed more than 1000 hours of continuing education.
One of the most popular activities of the Master Gardener volunteers is to answer your gardening questions and assist you in improving your gardening and landscaping knowledge. To this end we conduct workshops, classes, and plant clinics for the general public. We also provide programs tailored to both children and those in retirement and assisted living facilities. We have demonstration gardens at St Michael's Library, Poplar Island, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Talbot Ag Center on Hiners Lane and our office. We also have an active Bay Wise program which provides both consultations and certifications to those interested in following landscaping practices that help the envionment and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Residents may also bring their samples, photos and questions to the Talbot County office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension. Master Gardener volunteers will review your issue and contact you with pertinent information within one week, or sooner. Volunteers are also available to meet with you to discuss your questions.
For more information regarding the program, please contact:
Faculty Extension Assistant- Horticulture/Master Gardener Coordinator
28577 Mary's Court, Suite 1
Easton, MD 21601