How to Become a Maryland Master Gardener

master gardener inspecting a plant leaf

A Master Gardener inspects a plant leaf

  • Are you interested in plants?
  • Are you a problem solver and like to know how things work?
  • Do you love teaching others?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the University of Maryland Extension (UME) Master Gardener Program might be for you!

What is the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program?

The UME Master Gardener Program is designed to train participants as volunteer horticultural educators to support the UME mission by educating residents about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.  Our vision is to grow a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

master gardener plant clinic

Ask a Master Gardener Plant Clinic

Master Gardener Volunteers

  • Learn new gardening skills and hone existing ones.
  • Learn to solve gardening problems and teach others to do the same.
  • Meet new people with similar interests.

Popular MG Programs

master gardener demonstration garden

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden

How Do I Sign Up to Become a Master Gardener?

Please contact the UME Master Gardener Coordinator for the program nearest you. The UME Master Gardener Coordinator can answer all of your questions about becoming a Master Gardener in your area. For a full list of UME offices and MG Coordinators, please visit

If you require additional assistance, please contact the UME Master Gardener State Office at or 410-531-5557. We hope to hear from you!

salad box demonstration

Grow It Eat It Demonstration of a Salad Box

By the UME Master Gardener Team at the Home & Garden Information Center


2 Comments on “How to Become a Maryland Master Gardener

  1. In California, we break it down into counties because the counties are so big (bigger than some Eastern states), and there are so many people here.

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