What is the Master Gardener Program?
The University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program is designed to train volunteer horticultural educators to support the University of Maryland Extension mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. Volunteers receive 40 hours of classroom, hands-on, and virtual instruction in their county of residence so that they can then teach members of their community through workshops, presentations, demonstrations, and more.
Who Can Become a Master Gardener?
Any Maryland resident, 18 years of age or older, who likes working with people and plants and has a thirst for knowledge. Active Master Gardeners maintain 20 hours of volunteer service as well as 10 hours of continuing education each year.
Why Join the Program?
By joining the program, you'll have the opportunity to learn new gardening skills as well as hone your existing skills. You'll also learn how to solve gardening problems, and be able to teach others to do the same. Best of all, you'll meet new people who enjoy gardening just as much as you do!