Master Gardener

Position Announcement

Outreach Events

  • Flyer for the Charles County Master Gardeners Garden Spring Fling on May 20, 2023

    Garden Spring Fling

    May  20, 2023

    8:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Farmer's Market

    209 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD

    • Plant Clinic "Ask the Expert"

    • Bay-Wise & Master Gardener Info

    • Grow It Eat It Info

    • Soil Testing Info

    • Quiz Wheel with Plant Give Away


    Demonstrations on:

    • How to make a potato basket

    • How to make sweet potato slips

    • How to grow a lettuce box

    • Vermicomposting

    • Seed Bombs

    • Kids Corner (interactive activities)

  • Image of the backyard buffers logo

    Backyard Buffers

    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 12 bare-root seedlings, approximately 1-2 feet in height, which will be a mixture of various trees. All the bundles have been claimed for this year. Check back in February 2024 for the next give-away!

  • Photo of the NatureFest Event


    Held annually in April. Check back next year!

    Tilghman Lake Park

    10598 Box Elder Rd, La Plata, MD 20646

    Prepare to be amazed, get your hands dirty, and have loads of fun as we learn about the beauties of nature together!

  • Photo of Master Gardeners at the Tree Giveaway 2022

    Nurture Natives Tree Giveaway

    University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742

    Hundreds of free native shrubs and trees are distributed to Maryland residents each year.

    Join us next year to celebrate 26 years of Maryland Day! Bring family and friends to UMD’s signature campus event dedicated to learning, discovery and new ideas. Free admission and parking plus native trees and shrubs!

    Watch the website for more information.

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

Position Vacant
301-934-5403, Ext. 200

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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    Charles County Master Gardeners, University of Maryland Extension.

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    Home and Garden Information Center

    Home and Garden Information Center
    Get science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

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    Have a Gardening Question

    Have a Gardening Question?
    Get answers from our team of Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists, Extension Faculty, and Master Gardeners.