University of Maryland Extension

Master Gardeners

Our Master Gardeners are an enthusiastic group of volunteers who love to share their gardening passion and know-how.  They create teaching gardens, give educational talks, answer gardening questions at plant clinics and horticultural therapy.  They benefit from 40 hours of formal training by University of Maryland educators plus stimulating, ongoing learning opportunities.


The Master Gardeners are at work in our community in over a dozen programs including:

  • An historic 4-square garden and medicinal garden at the Rural Heritage Museum
  • Plant clinics at the City Farmers Market in downtown Hagerstown and local libraries
  • A restored memorial garden and native plants garden at Hagerstown Community College
  • Therapeutic garden at San Mar children's home, W House halfway house and Western MD Hospital Center
  • A Bay-Wise program that certifies backyards that exemplify environmentally sound practices
  • A speaker’s bureau that offers free talks through the community
  • An annual plant sale in April with Master Gardener-grown plants
  • Information booths at local events including the HCC Flower & Garden Show, Ag Expo and Boonsboro Days.

Join the Master Gardeners

If you have a green thumb, love to learn and share what you know, you could be a Master Gardener.

Master Gardeners are volunteer educators. They teach people safe, effective gardening techniques through plant clinics, talks, demonstration gardens and more.  

Trained by University of Maryland experts, Master Gardeners grow their gardening know-how through 40 hours of classroom training. They learn about everything from botany to bugs, pruning to propagation and weeds to wildlife.  

Then the giving starts.  Master Gardeners turn their gift for gardening into gifts to the community. You’ll find them answering questions at the farmer’s market, teaching kids about vegetables at local schools, planting heirloom plants at the Rural Heritage Museum and giving talks to garden clubs.   Over a dozen projects reach every corner of the county. 

The 2016 Master Gardener training program is scheduled for one day a week from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. starting in February and ending in April. The cost of the program is $200 and includes all materials.

Admittance into the program is based on an application and an interview. Applications can be downloaded by clicking the link below.  They can also be requested by calling Annette Ipsan at the University of Maryland Extension- Washington County at 301-791-1604 or by emailing

Apply early: Class size is limited.

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