Home and Garden Information Center

The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) develops and delivers science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

The Home and Garden Information Center partners with the Master Gardener Program to provide educational resources to the volunteers as well as digital resources through the Home and Garden website.

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  • Food Gardening

    How to grow your own fruits, herbs, and vegetables in Maryland! Learn all about raised beds, container gardens, and recommended varieties.

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  • Insects

    Learn about beneficial insects, insect friendly gardens and how to identify and manage insects indoors and outdoors.

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  • Yard & Landscape

    How to grow healthy plants indoors and outdoors in Maryland, how to identify and manage problems while respecting the environment.

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Hot topics

  • Climate-Resilient Gardening

    Growing some of your own food next year, reducing food waste, and planting a pollinator garden all make a difference. Join us in becoming a climate-friendly gardener!

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  • How to Care for Poinsettias

    Check the soil moisture daily and water plants only when the potting media becomes dry. Too much water can damage roots.

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  • December Yard & Garden Tips

    Prune evergreens for holiday decorating; if the weather is dry, water newly planted trees and shrubs until the ground freezes; prune fire blight damage out of apple and pear trees.


Connect with us

  • Ask Extension

    Get answers from our team of Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists, Extension Faculty, and Master Gardeners.

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  • Maryland Grows Blog

    Get timely tips about food gardening, soil improvement, trouble-shooting plant problems, and supporting pollinators in your landscape.

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  • HGIC Newsletter

    Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter for helpful and timely gardening tips.

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