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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:  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.



Howard County Master Gardeners offer a variety of informative, educational and entertaining presentations on sustainable landscaping and gardening practices.  View our catalog to see what we offer. 

Upcoming Events (see calendar for full details)

Master Gardener Public talks for September

Master Gardener Calendar

Beautifying Your Garden with Bulbs (Zoom)

Date:  Monday, September 26th - 7:00 PM

Bulbs have been decorating our landscape for over 500 years because they are pretty and easy to grow and maintain.  For both spring and summer bulbs, this presentation discusses where to plant bulbs, the best times for planting, how to care for bulbs, plus simple rules for planting and transplanting bulbs.  Summer is a great time to think about planting bulbs in the fall for next spring.

Speaker:  Paul Beares

Sponsor:  Riverhill Community Association


Marvelous Migrations:  The Amazing Journeys of Maryland's Birds (In-person)

Date:  Thursday, September 29th - 7:00 PM

Weighing as much as a penny, Ruby- throated hummingbirds fly 500 miles to cross the Gulf of Mexico, warblers will fly 80 hours non-stop and the ‘moonbird’ has flown a distance equivalent to flying to the moon.  Learn of these amazing travels and what we can do to ensure their journeys continue.

Speaker:  Clare Walker

Sponsor:  Miller Library