University of Maryland Extension

Home Gardening

Thank you for visiting the Home Gardening page for Kent County, MD!

If you need gardening advice, feel free to contact Sabine Harvey, Horticulture Program Assistant, or 410-778-1661.

Master Gardeners are also present to answer questions at the Chestertown Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings in Fountain Park, 8:00-noon.

If you would like to become a Master Gardener, please contact Rachel Rhodes, or click here for more information (Kent and QA County are merged into one Master Gardener Program)

Please click here to view Master Gardener Volunteer opportunities in Kent County.


Questions about your yard?

If you have any questions about gardening (ornamental and vegetable), pest, diseases or Bay-wise friendly practices, our program assistant is availalable at the office from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, Monday through Friday. You may also e-mail your questions and/or pictures, any time, to

Feel free to drop off plant- or insect samples Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will receive a prompt reply.

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Sabine Harvey,, Horticulture Program Assistant



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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