Master Gardener

Outreach Events

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    Registration is OPEN!

    Pickup on Saturday
    April 13, 2024
    9:00 am to noon
    UME Charles Office
    9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton, MD 20611

    The Charles County Master Gardener Bay-Wise program teams up with our county forester to provide residents with free buffers in a bag. Each bag includes 16 bare-root seedlings, approximately 1-2 feet in height, which will be a mixture of various trees. 

    Complete this form to register. Download the flyer to find out what's in the bundle!

    For more information, send an email to

  • Charles County Master Gardeners “Garden Spring Fling”

    Saturday, April 27
    Noon - 4:00 pm

    In conjunction with Celebrate La Plata Day 
    La Plata Town Hall
    305 Queen Anne Street
    La Plata, MD 20646

    Charles County Master Gardeners will sponsor educational booths featuring our major projects:

    - Bay-Wise (stainable landscape & practices)

    - Grow It Eat It

    - Natives & Pollinator

    - Ask a Master Gardener Plant Clinic

    - Kids Corner activities

    - Demonstrations on how to make a lettuce box, potato basket, recycling food scrapes and vermicomposting



  • Puppet Show, Charles County Master Gardeners

    Charles County Master Gardeners are available to perform the puppet show "The Misadventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor's Vegetable Garden."

    This is a lively, inter-active puppet show. Children in the audience really get involved.  Farmer McGregor and Peter Rabbit will talk to the kids about growing and eating vegetables, what are good bugs and bad bugs, and, most importantly, why you should listen to your parents. 

    We are available to perform the puppet show for home schoolers, clubs, public schools, scouts, and other interested parties.

    Contact: Terry Thir, Master Gardener, at

Attention Charles County Residents . . .

Position Announcement

Agent Associate

This is a full-time position that will work in support of the Charles County Home Horticulture Extension Program. The Faculty Extension Educator will administer all aspects of the Charles County horticulture program which includes coordination and programmatic support for home horticulture activities in Charles County, including training and management of Master Gardener Volunteers, collaboration on educational programs among partners, outreach to clientele, and related activities.

The position will be located in the Charles County Extension Office in Bel Alton, Maryland.


  • Develop, conduct, and evaluate educational seminars, classes, workshops, and other presentations related to home horticulture.
  • Create educational products based on stakeholder needs including fact sheets and other publications, and other content for social media and websites (blogs, videos and pod casts, etc.)
  • Coordinate the Master Gardener Program in Charles County which includes volunteer recruitment, training, supervision and coordination of community-based projects.
  • Respond to clientele requests via phone, office visits, email, etc., for general horticulture information pertaining to lawn care, landscape plants and trees, composting, native plants, pest control, and other subject related to home horticulture, providing appropriate literature and advice in a timely and professional manner. (This may be done in consultation with the local Agricultural agent.)
  • Identify plants, insects, and other horticulture samples submitted by clientele and respond with information and recommendations in a timely and professional manner.
  • Provide pest control and fertilizer recommendations in accordance with University of Maryland guidelines.
  • Disseminate horticulture information to county residents through news releases, website updates, etc.
  • Assist in collecting, reporting and evaluating impact data of local home horticulture programs in accordance with funding requirements and UMD/UME policies and protocols.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community and other relevant organizations to implement and evaluate programs, and seek new partnerships, especially to reach traditionally underserved or marginalized audiences to deliver outreach education.
  • Collaborate with other UME field- and campus-based faculty and staff on programs and projects of mutual interest when and where appropriate.
  • Participate in committees and other service opportunities at the county, state and University level.

Best consideration date: 4/19/2024

Starting salary may be adjusted for experience and education. For more information and to apply, go to the ejobs website.

Welcome to Charles County Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who are passionate about the environment and community engagement. Our mission is to support the University of Maryland Extension service by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. We use a variety of activities to provide horticulture information such as:

  • Plant clinics to diagnose disease and/or pest problems

  • Exhibits at local events

  • Youth programs

  • Maintaining demonstration gardens

Actions you can take to garden more sustainably include:

  • Composting

  • Growing more native plants

  • Implementing Bay-Wise landscaping practices  

  • Growing food organically

To see what we are currently working on, please visit our Resource Page to get The Compost, for the latest information on new and ongoing projects.

If you or your organization in Charles County would like assistance with planting techniques, or design, or would like to request a gardening presentation, please complete this form.

Charles County Master Gardeners have gone video!

Do you want a garden, but don’t know where to start? Is your garden space limited to a balcony or patio? Does your head want more gardening space than your back can handle?

Charles County Government’s new video, “Your Charles County: Starting a Garden,” answers those questions with help from Charles County Master Gardeners and University of Maryland Extension.

Lee Ann Stone, video production specialist with the county government, interviewed Kaitlyn Baligush, program management specialist for University of Maryland Extension, and Molly Moore, Charles County Master Gardener, on gardening in containers, raised beds and using cardboard and organic matter to create a no-till native plant bed.

Stone and her camera followed Baligush and Moore as they walked through Moore’s property near Newburg in southern Charles County discussing how to choose a garden site and how to pick the right plants for the right spot.

Then Baligush and Moore went to work laying cardboard, raking piles of compost and mulch and planting a new bed of the deer-resistant native, White Snakeroot, which blooms in early fall.

And those strawberries you see in the video? They were quickly devoured as soon as Stone turned off the camera.

Contact the Master Gardener Coordinator

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To learn about becoming a Master Gardener or about our programs, click on the side menu or on the images below.

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    About the Program

  • Photo of the Master Gardener Plant Clinic tent and volunteers

    Ask A Master Gardener Plant Clinic

  • Bay-Wise Volunteers and Tent


  • Compost materials and leaves


  • Photo of eggplants, mixed vegetables

    Grow It Eat It

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    Native Plants

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  • Library books on gardening


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