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For more videos on gardening and horticulture, visit our Youtube channel, Cecil County Master Gardeners,



The Spotted Lanternfly is a non-native invasive insect from Asia.  It has been confirmed in southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.  Please be on the look out for this pest that could have significant impact on Maryland and U.S. agriculture.  CLICK HERE for more information.  


The University of Maryland Extension's Cecil County Horticulture educator, Doris Behnke, is available to answer questions "bugging" you about plants and pests in and around your home.  Describe your problem by phone or email, or you drop off a sample of your plant or pest problem at the Cecil County Extension Office. 

The Cecil County Master Gardener program is composed of local citizens whose common goal is to promote safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens.  Master Gardeners are volunteer representatives of the University of Maryland Extension and are supervised and supported by University of Maryland Extension staff.  For up-to-date information on the Maryland Master Gardener Program, please visit their site at

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If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Master Gardener, please contact Cecil County's Master Gardener Coordinator, Doris Behnke, at 410-996-5280 or email her at

EXTRA! EXTRA! Just in time for gardening season* – step right up and get all of your questions answered! Such as:

  • How do I get rid of those pesky weeds without chemicals?
  • What is the best variety of tomato for a container garden?
  • What is the best time to plant grass seed?
  • Why is my boxwood turning yellow?
  • Is it OK to compost oak leaves?

Ask the Certified Professional Horticulturists any time, day or night.

Send your questions along with digital images.  Answers will be e-mailed within 48 hours! How’s THAT for service!?

Click here or look for the Ask the Experts image on the HGIC website.

Visit our new and improved websites!

Everything you want to know (well, almost) about maintaining the plants in and around your yard, identifying and controlling the pests inside and outside of your home…and much, much more!

Home and Garden Information Center

  • Learn the difference between an annual and a perennial
  • Visit Grow It Eat It for food gardening information
  • Learn how to prepare your soil for planting
  • Find the latest in lawn care and how to reduce hours maintaining your lawn
  • Soil testing information – including a How-to video
  • Right plant – right place. How to select, purchase, plant, and maintain trees and shrubs for your landscape
  • Subscribe to HGIC eNewsletter
  • Visit the Resource Library for: Archived eNewsletters, Featured Plants, FAQ’s, Gardening Glossary, Publications, Tips, How-to Videos, and more!
  • Stay tuned in to the latest happenings via Social Media on Facebook and Twitter!

*Gardening season is considered by many to be a year-round hobby! Catch the fever!

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