How you can support our services

home & garden information center


The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Master Gardener Program connect Maryland residents to trusted science-based resources to grow healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. The results and impact of our programs are presented in our 2022 Annual Report.

Many people have asked how they can show their appreciation for the education and outreach we provide. Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation to support our programs.

Donate to HGIC

Donate to Master Gardener Program

Your donation will support our core services

Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC)

  • Ask Extension: 6,000+ plant and insect questions answered annually by Certified Professional Horticulturists, faculty, and Master Gardeners
  • Maryland-specific gardening resources provided on our website, Maryland Grows Blog, and YouTube channel
  • Expert gardening columns in The Baltimore Sun and Washington Gardener Magazine
  • New information through applied research and demonstration projects

Master Gardener Program

  • Recruitment, training, and support for Master Gardener volunteers who lead Plant Clinics, Demonstration Gardens, Bay-wise Landscape Certifications, and gardening classes throughout Maryland
  • Development of Master Gardener Handbook and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate Course

Your generosity makes a difference for Maryland residents, communities, and our environment. Thank you!


Photo by Heather Whirley, Master Gardeners at 2023 Maryland State Fair Learning Garden