University of Maryland Extension

Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Master Gardener 

Our Vision: The Maryland Master Gardener vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

Our Mission: To support the University of Maryland Extension mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

Who we are: Master Gardeners are county residents who receive extensive horticulture training and commit to be volunteer partners by helping the university educate residents to be better gardeners and improve their environmental stewardship.

Master Gardener programs are active in all 50 states. They extend the expertise and knowledge of the Land-Grant University System to the general public. The Maryland Master Gardener Program was started in 1978 to provide outreach education to the public on subjects related to environmental horticulture and integrated pest management (IPM). More information about the Maryland Master Gardener program can be found on the state website

What we do: We assist county residents with home gardening and landscaping through several approaches:

  • Environmental gardening demonstrations, workshops, and lectures;
  • Plant clinics (i.e,”Ask a Master Gardener”);
  • Compost demonstration sites;
  • Certification of Bay-Wise Landscapes;Baltimore County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
  • Classes and workshops for the public;
  • Youth gardening projects;
  • Sharing horticulture news and tips on our Facebook Page.
  • Technical assistance for community gardening and beautification projects;
  • Information booths at fairs and festivals; and
  • Therapeutic horticulture programs.

Join our mailing list to find out more about the specific educational programs we ofer to the public in Baltimore County. 

How to Volunteer With Us: To become a certified University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, you must complete our Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Learn more about the expectations of our volunteers and how to apply for training here.

baltimore county demonstration garden  Baltimore County Master Gardeners Plant Sale


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