Composting Demonstration
Updated: January 4, 2024

With the cooperation of the staff of Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, the Composting and Native Gardens project began in 2003. From late April to early November, Master Gardeners teach the public how to successfully compost their yard waste and kitchen scraps. Composting reduces what goes to the county landfill, and gardeners find that using homemade compost in gardens and landscapes improves their soil and reduces the need for chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.

Master Gardeners maintain the Composting and Native Gardens site and give hour-long compost demonstrations. On scheduled days, talks are given by those on the team that are Master Composters. Anne Arundel County residents receive a free compost bin, provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recycling and information bag filled with printed materials explaining various ways to compost. 

Visitors are welcome to walk through the compost site, located on the Wildwood Trail in Quiet Waters Park even when we are not present. At the native plant beds, they can help themselves to a list of the plantings, stored in one of our literature boxes. At the adjacent compost site, there are literature boxes with our compost demonstration schedules and pamphlets describing the compost site and information about each of the 15 compost bins on display.

2024 Demonstrations

All demonstrations are held at 10am.


  • Sunday, April 21
  • Monday, May1
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Saturday, July 20
  • Saturday, August 17
  • Wednesday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 21
  • Wednesday, October 2
  • Saturday, October 19
  • Saturday, November 2

Note: Park admission $6.00 or with Anne Arundel County Parks season pass.

Demonstrations canceled in the event of HEAVY RAIN or EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING.

This project is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners in cooperation with Quiet Waters Park. AA Co. provides free compost bins and other giveaways. The Master Gardener program is part of the University of Maryland Extension. The University of Maryland Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer with Equal Access Programs.

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