Master Gardener

Outreach Events

  • Charles County Master Gardeners Grow It Eat It Workshop on July 13, 2024
    Need Help with Your Vegetable Garden?

    Charles County Master Gardeners Grow It Eat It Project presents a Free Workshop

    Vegetable Plants Pests and Diseases
    Saturday, July 13, 2024
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    College of Southern Maryland
    La Plata Campus
    Building CE, Room 105
    8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646

    A presentation of common problems vegetables typically grown in home gardens  -- such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, cucumbers – will be offered. We will discuss possible solutions that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

    There will be lots of time for Q and A built in, so BRING YOUR QUESTIONS -- and specimens or photos if available. 

    The workshop is free and open to all, but because space is limited to 25 people,  preregistration is required. Email to register. If you have pictures of vegetable problems or pests you’ve found in your garden, send the pictures along with your email.

    Register at

  • 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

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.

  • Master Garden Yard Sign

    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

  • Fence painted with flowers

    Native Plants

  • Photo of a bee


  • Library books on gardening


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