home & garden information center

 

The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) is a state-wide program that provides outreach education to Maryland residents and beyond.

Our vision

People gardening and managing land in harmony with nature.

Our mission

Develop and deliver science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

HGIC has been a national model for outreach education since 1990. Our success is the result of interdisciplinary programming and multiple learning/teaching modes. Our educators develop web resources and are engaged in social media, direct online client consultations, classroom instruction, hands-on training, and demonstration projects.

Careers / Jobs

Business Services Specialist - Apply by January 25, 2023

Yard and garden questions

Questions and images can be sent anytime to Ask Extension. HGIC's Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists will reply to your garden, plant ID, and pest questions.

Our annual reports

PDF 2021 Home & Garden | Master Gardener Annual Report
PDF 2020 Home & Garden | Master Gardener Annual Report

Our staff

 
Name Contact Information
Jon Traunfeld
HGIC Director, Extension Specialist, Fruits & Vegetables
jont@umd.edu
410 531 5572
David Clement, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist
Plant Pathology
(20% HGIC; 80% commercial industry)
clement@umd.edu
410 531 5558
Vacant - Apply Online
Business Services Specialist
Home and Garden Information Center

410 531 1763
Stephanie Pully
Coordinator
State UME Master Gardener Coordinator
pully@umd.edu
410 531 1754
Christa Carignan
Coordinator
Digital Horticulture Education
christa@umd.edu
410 531 1752
Miri Talabac
Coordinator
Horticulture Consultant
mtalabac@umd.edu
Chris McComas
Coordinator
Horticulture Consultant
cmccomas@umd.edu
Emily Porter
Coordinator
Horticulture Consultant
eporter2@umd.edu
Vacant
Program Management Specialist
Video Production and Web Support

 
Vacant
Program Management Specialist
State Master Gardener Program

 
Vacant
Extension Program Assistant
Lead Horticulturist
 

We're becoming a UMD Green Office!

We support the University of Maryland Green Office and SustainableUMD goals: 

  • Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
  • Support the University’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan
  • Further integrate sustainability into campus culture
  • Conserve water, save energy, minimize waste, and save money

Our office is currently working to achieve Bronze certification. For more information on the Green Office Program, go to www.greenoffice.umd.eduFor more information about UMD campus sustainability, visit www.sustainability.umd.edu.

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