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We connect Maryland residents to trusted, science-based resources to grow healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. Send us your questions, view gardening resources, and connect with the Master Gardener Program for local classes and other learning opportunities in person. All are welcome!

 

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    Master Gardener Program

    Master Gardeners are volunteers who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help Maryland residents grow healthy gardens.

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    Gardening Resources

    Explore all gardening topics: native and invasive plants, soil testing, food gardening, tree and shrub care, indoor plants, diagnosing problems, and more.

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    Ask Extension

    Get answers from our team of Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists, Extension Faculty, and Master Gardeners.

Hot Topics

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    Pollination Basics

    Pollination is the process by which plants reproduce and create seeds. You can support insect pollinators in your garden by providing a diverse habitat and avoiding the use of  broad-spectrum pesticides.

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    Groundcovers

    Explore our recently updated lists of groundcovers suitable for various conditions in Maryland gardens (sun vs. shade, dry vs. moist). Learn how to plan for using groundcovers, how they spread, and how to maintain them.

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    June Gardening Tips

    Patrol your yard for mosquito breeding sites at least twice a week, removing any sources of standing water. Grow heat-tolerant greens like Swiss chard and Malabar spinach. Continue planting annual flowers.

Videos & Webinars

Pollinator Week - Tip 1: Creating Diverse Pollinator Spaces

Pollinator Week - Tip 2: Be a Community Scientist

Serviceberry Trees: Rust Disease and Lace Bugs

Blog Highlights

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    Support Our Insects at Night

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    Stress and Injury in the Garden

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    Creative Displays - Starting the Conversation About Insect Ecosystem Services

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