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.

Find information on

  • 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

  • Plant Bulbs

    Now is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs like Crocus, Allium, Daffodil, Tulip, and Scilla.

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  • Extend the Growing Season

    Use row cover to extend the growing season by providing 2- 8 º F of frost protection.

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  • October Yard & Garden Tips

    Collect and save seeds to plant next year, compost fallen leaves, resist the urge to cut back perennial plant stalks until next spring.

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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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