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Harford County Master Gardener Activities! 



Plant Clinics - Ask a Master Garden (In person!)

Chairperson:Ennise Bloom

Harford County Master Gardeners hold free Plant Clinics on Saturday mornings on a rotating basis in the lobby of the Bel Air, Abingdon, and Whiteford Libraries. Master Gardeners are on hand to give gardening advice and troubleshoot gardening problems - including plant identification and diagnostics, insect identification and management, recommendations for plant selections, and much more.  Bring in samples of your problem plants or insects and we will help find an answer for you.

For more information, click here.

Bay-Wise Program

Chairperson: Bea Filburn

The Bay-Wise Residential Landscape Management program was developed by the University of Maryland as part of the Maryland Master Gardener program.  Its purpose is to provide information and guidance to help people create healthier gardens and landscapes using sustainable practices.


The goal of the program is to educate individuals who care for their lawns, gardens and/or landscapes and to certify private and public properties as "Bay-Wise".

For more information click here.

Brightview Assisted Living

Brightview Assisted Living

Chairperson: Marlene Butler, Claudia Scarborough

Therapeutic gardening at Brightview is one of Harford County Master Gardeners long-standing project areas. The benefits of garden related activities have been proven by time itself.  Our Master Gardeners use the healing elements of nature to help residents improve attention span and memory, challenge their muscle coordination and through social interaction help with stress management.  Many of the residents are ‘regulars’ with whom the Gardeners have built a community!

Community Gardens in Harford County

Harford's Harvest Community Gardens of Edgewood

1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood, MD 21040
7+ plots and building more.  4x12ft, 10 in deep raised beds
Available: Water, compost bins, Recreation & Community Center, Playground, Parking
Organic, member run cooperative, ideal for seniors, member of Edgewood Recreation Council
Scarboro Composting Facility offers excellent free compost to residents. Garden area provided by Harford County Parks and Recreation measures 50 by 75 feet, with the possibility of expansion, as the need arises in the future. Garden area is sunny, well-drained, with productive compost.
Open Dawn - Dusk, Mar. - Dec. as weather dictates
Fee: $30 in 2018
Contact: Michael or Danny O'Hern 443-807-9772 or 443-807-9770

Aberdeen Boys and Girls Club Community Garden
100 E Bel Air Ave, Aberdeen, MD 21001
15, 10x10ft raised bed plots
Shared tools, storage shed available. Open to students.
Fee: $20
Contact Ashley - 443-686-0764

Town of Bel Air Community Garden @ St. Matthew Lutheran Church

Garden plots are approximately 15’ x 15’ in size.
(70 plots are available.)
The registration fee is $20/plot.
The limit is 2 plots/person.
The registration period is from March 1—April 30.
Registration forms available in Church Narthex, Church Office,
and Church Website ( (link is external), under Resources tab).

Town of Havre de Grace Community Garden

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Eden Mill Agriculture Center

Chairperson: Ginger Huller

Eden Mill's educational gardens are located just around the corner from the nature center.  We actively engage children, families, campers, and the public in hands-on gardening programs.  Click on the links below if you'd like to plan a field trip, attend a class, volunteer to maintain the garden, or locate resources

Farmers' Market Information Booth

Chairperson: Bill Fritch (Bel Air) and Ellen Haas (Havre de Grace)

Every Saturday from April through mid-October, the Master Gardener Volunteers staff an information booth at the Harford County and Havre de Grace Farmers' Markets. Homeowners can bring their gardening questions to the Master Gardener Volunteers for answers.

Garden Series

Chairperson: Carolyn Chrismer

Harford County Master Gardeners team up with the Harford County Libraries for the monthly Garden Series. 

For more information click here.

Grow It, Eat It

Chairperson: Lisa Raine

Grow It Eat It's vision is one million Maryland food gardeners producing their own affordable, healthy food...sustainably. Supported by UME faculty and staff, Master Gardener volunteers and the Home and Garden Information Center are leading the way.

For more information click here.


Harford Glen Environmental Education Center

Chairperson: Ruth Eisenhour

The Harford Glen Environmental Education Center, located in Bel Air, provides outdoor field experiences for Harford County Public School students studying earth and environmental science. Master Gardener volunteers assist Harford Glen teachers in a lesson called Green Thumbs. Students in fifth grade engage in hands on learning about native plants, historical gardens, and growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Children investigate garden habitats and collect data about the wildlife searching for food, water, and shelter in these environments. In addition, classes participate in garden habitat improvement projects and use best management practices to discover how they positively impact wildlife, human health, and water quality.


Larry Franz Woodland Walk at the Liriodendron Mansion

Chairperson: Anne Lee

This woodland walk is located behind and down the hill from the Liriodendron Mansion.  The Harford County Master Gardeners have been maintaining this walk since 1997.  The walk, best visited in the springtime, is circuitous and contains different types of gardens.  These include exotics, native plants and trees, ferns, a rock garden, and a blue garden. The Liriodendron Mansion is located at 502 West Gordon Street in Bel Air.  Parking is available.

Rockfield Manor Garde

Chairperson: Becky Cody, Sue McCue


Chairperson: Ann Blocher

  • The Master Gardeners of Harford County, part of the University of Maryland Extension, is offering the Andrea Case Memorial Scholarship.  This is a $1,000.00, one time award from the Harford County Master Gardeners to a graduating high school senior who resides in Harford County.  The recipient must be a student who plans to attend an accredited college or university to pursue studies in Agronomy, Botany, City Landscape Planning, Conservation, Entomology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Design and/or allied subjects.
  • Applications are available in the guidance office of all Harford County Public High Schools or on-line (link below) or may be obtained by contacting the Harford County Extension Office at 410-638-3255.  
  • The completed application must be postmarked by July 31, 2020. 
  • The winning student will be notified by August 14, 2020.

Speakers Bureau

Chairperson: Ginny Smith


Co-Chairs: Carol Lancaster and Stephanie Flasch

Master Gardeners partner with local schools to promote STEM nights for students entering middle school the next year. School gymnasiums are filled with educational stations where families enjoy interesting displays pertaining directly to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Students may also preregister for mini workshops in the classrooms.

Harford County Master Gardeners offer STEM students both a science display in the gymnasium and a mini workshop.  Our mini workshop session details activities in a portion of the local  watershed. The session engages participants to resolve runoff issues to protect waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.   Environmental protection is also the theme at our gymnasium display table.  Specimens of good bugs and bad bugs are exhibited along with information about using the least damaging practices (Integrated Pest Management -IPM) to control lawn and garden pests.  Kids are enthralled with the digital microscope and the scary view of their dirty fingernails. Plus other objects are available for micro-examination! STEM nights are fun-filled busy events impacting youth and parents with practical solutions for their landscapes. 



For more information, contact:

Joyce Browning

University of Maryland Extension Consumer Horticulturist
Harford County Agricultural Center
University of Maryland Extension, Suite 600
3525 Conowingo Road,
Street MD, 21154 sends e-mail)
410-638-3053 FAX

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