University of Maryland Extension

Master Gardener

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Our Vision

We envision a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

Our Mission

We support the University of Maryland Extension (UME) mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.

 Our History

The UME Master Gardener Program began in 1978 as a means to extend research-based knowledge to the general public by providing horticultural and pest management expertise to help protect and improve Maryland’s natural resources. Today, this popular program can be found in 20 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. 

UME Master Gardeners are volunteers who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help residents in their communities solve problems and make environmentally-sound decisions.  

How Do I Become a Master Gardener?

You become a Master Gardener by successfully completing the Master Gardener 40-hour training program and then volunteering your time.

What Does a Master Gardener Do?

Master Gardeners help the University of Maryland  Extension solve gardening problems and teach environmentally sound practices by

  • working in information booths at community events and fairs,
  • maintaining demonstration gardens,
  • answering garden questions at plant clinics,
  • teaching horticulture to beginning gardeners and youth, and
  • using special talents, such as writing and photography, to benefit the program.

After you finish the Master Gardener training Program, you will be asked to volunteer 40 hours the first year and 20 each of the following years. A number of opportunities are provided for your volunteer hours, and I am very open to any suggestions that you may have.   We have active plant clinics in Worcester County at the Ocean Pines Library and hope to have a new one at the Berlin Farmers Market.  We will also have a plant clinic at the Farmers Market at Asbury Church in Wicomico County.  There is a Therapy Garden at the MAC Center (Maintaining Active Citizens) and the Taylor House Museum Gardens.

How Are Master Gardeners Trained?

Master Gardener training classes are conducted annually by University of Maryland Extension.  Through the training program. Participants are taught many different horticultural subjects by specialists, educators, and other horticulture professionals.

When is the Next Master Gardener Training?

The Master Gardener Program will be taught the fall of 2019 at the Wicomico County Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Road, Salisbury, MD.  The Master Gardener Program will start September 28, 2019 and continue until November 16, 2019.  The Master Gardener program covers the 5 core subjects taught by experts in their field, including basic Botany, Ecology, Soils and Water,  Plant Diseases, and Insects.  Other subjects are taught by local people who are passionate about their subjects including vegetable gardening, roses, lawns, native plants and much more.  The dates for both morning and afternoon classes will be listed soon.

The Master Gardener Mission is to Educate Maryland residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes and communities.  The Master Gardener Program provides about 40 hours of education from specialists in Botany, Composting, Diagnosing plant problems, Ecology, Entomology, Lawn Care, Native Plants, Pruning, Vegetable gardening and more.  The cost is $165.00 and includes a Master Gardener Manual, a flash drive with all the fact sheets available from the University of Maryland and the Home and Garden Information Center. 

After you finish the Master Gardener training Program, you will be asked to volunteer 40 hours the first year and 20 each of the following years. .  There are a number of opportunities provided for your volunteer hours, and I am very open to any suggestions that you may have.    We have active plant clinics in Worcester County at the Ocean Pines Library and hope to have a new one at the Berlin Farmers Market.  We also have a plant clinic at the Farmers Market at Asbury Church in Wicomico County.    

If you are interested in registering for the Master Gardener Training Program, please let me know by email at rosnkrnz@umd.edu.  The check for $165.00 should be made out to the Wicomico EAC and can be mailed to the Wicomico Extension Office, PO Box 1836, Salisbury, MD 21802 or brought in at the first class.

What Are The Master Gardener Training Topics?

Master Gardeners are trained in the following topics:

  • Botany
  • Composting
  • Diagnosing plant problems
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Flower gardening
  • Lawn care
  • Organic gardening
  • Pesticide use and safety
  • Soils and fertilizers
  • Tree and shrub care
  • Vegetable gardening

Other subjects of interest may be included.

What Does Master Gardener Training Cost?

Training costs are $165.00 for the basic training courses, and includes the Master Gardener Handbook.

Who do I contact?

Please contact your local Master Gardener Coordinator:

Ginny Rosenkranz, Extension Educator, Commercial Horticulture; 410-749-6141, ext. 106

For more information, visit the UME Master Gardener Program.

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