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Welcome to the website of the Howard County Master Gardeners.  The mission of the Howard County Master Gardeners is to educate residents about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. The Master Gardener program is administered by the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Service.

Howard County Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by the university, who provide horticultural education services to individuals, groups, and communities including government agencies, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, historic sites, schools and youth groups, senior citizens and garden clubs. Master Gardener programs and services are available free of charge to all Howard County residents and community groups.

Howard County Rake and Take Program

Fall Leaf Management Is Coming!

Too many leaves for your compost bin? Recycle them and divert them from the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Rake and Take, a Howard County Master Gardener program matches Howard County Leaf Rakers with Leaf Takers. For more information contact Master Gardener Patricia Hooker: phooker9440@gmail.com.  Download the Rake and Take flier

In addition to raking leaves another idea is to mow them. Check out the following You Tube video from John McCoy, Columbia Assn Watershed Manager.

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Speakers for Your Club or Organization

See our CATALOG for talks that are informative, entertaining and fun.

Upcoming Events (see calendar for full details)

Master Gardener Public talks for January

Master Gardener Calendar

In Person: Growing from Seed

Date: Saturday, January 14th 2023 - 11:00 AM

Growing annuals and perennials during the winter in preparation for spring and summer gardens is fun and rewarding. Learn how to plant seeds, care for, and transplant seedlings.  Techniques will be shared to help avoid some common problems. This talk includes a demonstration of making newspaper pots for seedlings.

Speaker: Caroline Feil
Sponsor: Elkridge Library
Registration requested, not necessary.  Registration will take place in January.  https://howardcounty.librarycalendar.com/events/month/2023/01

Zoom: Growing From Seed

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 7:00 PM

Growing annuals and perennials during the winter in preparation for spring and summer gardens is fun and rewarding. Learn how to plant seeds, care for, and transplant seedlings.  Techniques will be shared to help avoid some common problems. This talk includes a demonstration of making newspaper pots for seedlings. 

Speaker: Caroline Feil
Sponsor: Kings Contrivance Comm. Assoc.
Registration will take place in January.  https://villageofkc.org/events/classes/

In Person: Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 7:00 PM

This session provides guidance on sustainable gardening best practices for the Spring season.  The session is appropriate for beginning and casual home gardeners who can benefit from tips on what gardening tasks to do in the Spring, how best to do each task, and when during the
season to do them. A full range of gardening types – vegetable, perennial, and native plant gardens – is discussed, along with design and on-going care recommendations.

Speaker: Paul Beares
Sponsor:  Glenwood Library
Registration requested, not necessary.  Registration will take place in January.  https://hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch/