University of Maryland Extension

Home Gardening

Upcoming Master Gardener Basic Training via Virtual Classroom

Are you interested in taking the Master Gardener Basic Training in Fall 2020? We are piloting a new online training with educators from across the state teaming up to provide a broad range of expertise. The training costs $175 and includes the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Handbook. A background check will be required to complete the onboarding process. 

Presentations and course materials will be made available through the Moodle online classroom and in Zoom. Some course material will be presented live by University and Extension experts, and some will be presented in interactive online modules that participants can explore on their own time.

The training will run from September 22 through November 19 with no classes the week of November 2. Live sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 9am-12pm and Thursdays from 6pm-9pm. Participants are encouraged to join the live presentations as they occur, however, all presentations will be recorded for later viewing.

This training is being piloted in the following counties:

  • Allegany
  • Anne Arundel
  • Carroll
  • Cecil
  • Dorchester
  • Garrett
  • Harford
  • Kent
  • Prince George's
  • Queen Anne's
  • St. Mary's
  • Talbot

If you live in one of the above counties and are interested in joining the pilot training, please contact your local Master Gardener Coordinator to apply.  In Allegany County, contact UME Master Gardener Coordinator Sherry Frick at 301-724-3320 or email

Free Professional Gardening Assistance

University of Maryland Extension is committed to providing free assistance and education to all residents on any gardening related topic including vegetable and fruit growing, entomology, plant pathology, wildlife management and much more. 

We also offers free professional consultation to help identify weeds, insects, plant diseases, and environmental concerns related to your home garden.

For more information, contact Sherry Frick at 301-724-3320 or email 


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