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We connect Maryland residents to trusted, science-based resources to grow healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. Send us your questions, view gardening resources, and connect with the Master Gardener Program for local classes and other learning opportunities in person. All are welcome!


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    Master Gardener Program

    Master Gardeners are volunteers who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help Maryland residents grow healthy gardens.

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    Gardening Resources

    Explore all gardening topics: native and invasive plants, soil testing, food gardening, tree and shrub care, indoor plants, diagnosing problems, and more.

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    Ask Extension

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

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    Explore our recently updated lists of groundcovers suitable for various conditions in Maryland gardens (sun vs. shade, dry vs. moist). Learn how to plan for using groundcovers, how they spread, and how to maintain them.

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    Less Common Fruits for a Home Garden

    Native fruit plants, including elderberry, pawpaw, serviceberry, and chokeberry, can provide fruit for people and wildlife and support pollinators. Less common fruits like currants and gooseberries can also be chosen for a garden.

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    June Gardening Tips

    Patrol your yard for mosquito breeding sites at least twice a week, removing any sources of standing water. Grow heat-tolerant greens like Swiss chard and Malabar spinach. Continue planting annual flowers. Take part in Pollinator Week, June 17-23!

Videos & Webinars

Serviceberry Trees: Rust Disease and Lace Bugs

Make and Plant a Bucket Garden

Buttonbush: A Maryland Native Shrub for Pollinators

Blog Highlights

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    Stress and Injury in the Garden

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    Creative Displays - Starting the Conversation About Insect Ecosystem Services

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    The Shared History of Wasps and Bees

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