University of Maryland Extension

About Us

Howard County's Master Gardeners offer education via activities such as:

  • Integrated pest management to solve problems using least toxic methods
  • Plant clinics to diagnose plant problems (diseases, insects, fertility, and abiotic disorders) and offer advice on weed and other pest control
  • Nutrient management: composting demonstrations and soil improvement practices
  • Bay-Wise landscaping practices that protect the Bay and local environments
  • Youth education about gardening at public schools such as our Schools and Streams program
  • Speakers to talk on almost any aspect of gardening
  • Demonstration gardens open for public visits

Benefits of the Master Gardeners Program for communities:

  • Enjoy a healthier environment by reducing fertilizer runoff into our watersheds and the Bay
  • Save money and reduce health risks by minimizing use of toxic pesticides
  • Improve soils and save landfill space by composting yard waste
  • Reduce water use through horticultural practices
  • Create beautiful and ecologically sound landscapes for local conditions
  • Learn ways to provide habitat for native wildlife and beneficial insects

Benefits to individuals who become a Master Gardener:

  • Sense of satisfaction in helping others
  • Regular interaction with other gardening experts to share experiences
  • Opportunity for self improvement, advanced education in horticulture
  • Proudly wear apparel bearing Master Gardener logo: shirts, caps, pins, nametags, etc.
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