University of Maryland Extension

Howard County Master Gardeners

NOTE:  All in person Howard County Master Gardener talks and activities are currently suspended.  Our volunteers are under the Stay-at-Home order and will be communicating electronically as needed.  We look forward to being back in the community as soon as possible.  In the interim, please use the online resources and references on this site as well as the Maryland Master Gardener website:

Keep Calm and Garden On!

Welcome to the website of the Howard County Master Gardeners.  The mission of the HowardCounty 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. 

WANT A PRESENTATION BY A MASTER GARDENER?  Available presentations can be found on program pages on this website as well as in this catalog.

Upcoming Events (see calendar for full details)

Greenfest @ Howard Community College  IS CANCELLED  Join Master Gardeners Grow It Eat It, Composting, BayWise, and Ask A Master Gardener for this annual event. This year's GreenFest will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The event will focus on increasing knowledge about choices we can make to better the environment. A Native Plant Sale sponsored by Master Gardeners will also take place.


Rake and Take: Got leaves?  Want leaves? Instead of sending leaves to the landfill, offer them to others in the county.    Here’s how the program works: rakers and takers register annually and indicate how many bags of leaves they have (to get rid of) or how many bags they would like to receive.  Contact Pat at

Below is a link for a video from Columbia MD Watershed Manager John McCoy suggesting another sustainable way to use fall leaves and also to help the environment.

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