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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply early: Class size is limited.