University of Maryland Extension

Community Gardens

Volunteer Service for Community Gardens

Certified Maryland Master Gardeners maintain their certification by providing 20 hours of volunteer service and obtaining 10 hours of continuing education each year after initial certification.

Master Gardeners are involved in a variety of activities including:

  • Leading classes and workshops
  • Demonstrating gardening techniques
  • Diagnosing plant and pest problems at “Ask a MG” plant clinics
  • Educating the public at community events, fairs, and through written materials
  • Design, maintenance, and care of demonstration gardens

Many of these activities take place at schools, libraries, farmers markets, community events, and the Extension office.  Topics for Master Gardener programming include fruit & vegetable growing, pest & disease management, native plants & pollinators, care of ornamentals & lawns, Bay-Wise landscaping, composting, and youth gardening, just to name a few.  Master Gardener volunteers are encouraged to follow their gardening interests as they share their skills and passion with the community.

If your organization would like to engage local Master Gardener volunteers in a lawn or garden project, contact UME Master Gardener Sherry Frick at 301-724-3320 or email at

For information about applying for a garden plot, contact Tara Hartsock, Patient Service Manager, at Western Maryland Health Systems by phoning 240-964-2313 or emailing at 

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