University of Maryland Extension

Master Gardeners

9/2/2020 UPDATE: Master Gardener activities have resumed in demo gardens only. Before engaging in volunteer activity, please submit a Volunteer Work Plan to You are also required to complete a COVID-19 Health Check Survey online the day of volunteering.

Maryland Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by the University of Maryland, who provide horticultural education services to individuals, groups and communities. Over 1,000 Master Gardeners in Maryland contribute tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, serving citizens of the State. The Maryland Extension, an outreach education arm of the University of Maryland, adopted the Master Gardener program in 1978. Talbot County established a Master Gardener program in 2005.

One of the most popular activities of the Master Gardener volunteers is to answer your gardening questions and assist you in improving your gardening and landscaping knowledge. To this end we conduct workshops, classes, and plant clinics for the general public. We also provide programs tailored to both children and those in retirement and assisted living facilities. We have demonstration gardens at St Michael's Library, Poplar Island, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Talbot Ag Center on Hiners Lane and our office. We also have an active Bay Wise program which provides both consultations and certifications to those interested in following landscaping practices that help the envionment and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Residents may also bring their samples, photos and questions to the Talbot County office, or submit photos and questions to the Home and Garden Information Center. Master Gardener volunteers will review your issue and contact you with pertinent information within one week, or sooner. Volunteers are also available to meet with you to discuss your questions.

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For more information regarding the program, please contact:
Mikaela Boley
Senior Agent Associate- Urban Horticulture/Master Gardener Coordinator
28577 Mary's Court-Suite 1
Easton, MD 21601

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