The Maryland Master Gardener vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.
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.
The Maryland Master Gardener Program was started in 1978 as a means of extending the horticultural and pest management expertise of University of Maryland Extension to the general public. Today, this popular program can be found in 18 Maryland counties, Baltimore City, and two Maryland prisons.
U. of Md. Extension
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national
origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
The MG Program
The program is designed to train
volunteer horticultural educators for University of Maryland Extension - the principal outreach education unit of the University of Maryland.
Participants receive 40-50 hours of
basic training from University of
Maryland professionals and then agree to work in their communities to teach Marylanders how to cultivate garden spaces and manage landscapes sustainably using research-based information. This environmental
horticulture approach reduces fertilizer and pesticide use resulting in improved soil and water quality.
For additional information about Maryland and Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners' programs, please visit the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener web site.
The Bay-Wise Program
The Maryland Bay-Wise Program teaches simple, bay-friendly lawn and gardening practices so homeowners can help preserve the land and waterways within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Bay-Wise trained Master Gardeners conduct:
--free yard visits to discuss sustainable methods for a specific landscape
-- free visits to Bay-Wise Certify yards by using the Bay-Wise Yardstick
-- classes and lectures to community groups
-- teaching youth in schools and community projects
-- information booths at community fairs
The Bay-Wise Program teaches residents to:
-- Control Stormwater Runoff
-- Encourage Wildlife
-- Protect the Waterfront
-- Mow Properly
-- Water Efficiently
-- Manage Yard Pests with Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
-- Mulch Appropriately
-- Recycle Yard Wastes
-- Fertilize Wisely
-- Plant Wisely