Maryland Grows

Category: Master Gardener


Heirloom or Hybrid: What’s in My Seed Packet?

Selecting new seeds to buy each year is an exciting activity. Whether choosing vegetables or flowers, there is more to our selection process than falling for a pretty picture. Does it matter if the seed is an open-pollinated variety or…

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5 Steps to a Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Landscape

By changing a few simple landscape practices, you can help keep Maryland waterways healthy. Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river. Most of those waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay.  What we…

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Learning How to Identify Maryland’s Native Trees in Winter: Look at More Than Just the Bark

I was very excited to have the opportunity to take a winter tree identification class. I attended a great University of Maryland Extension (UME) Master Gardener Advanced Training course with UME native plant specialist Sara Tangren last week. I assumed…

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Are Stink Bugs Bugging You? Are Wasps the Solution?

Summary: Learn how University of Maryland researchers and University of Maryland Extension (UME) Master Gardeners collaborate on research to reduce brown marmorated stink bug populations in Maryland. Project Stink-be-Gone, by Rebeccah Waterworth As temperatures cool, many of you probably have…

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How to Become a Maryland Master Gardener

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…

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What Tree is This?

How well do you know your trees? Can you identify the trees in the images above? Do you know where to start and what to look for? When we get tree identification questions at the Home & Garden Information Center,…

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Meadow Making at Wiles Branch Park

  Under the direction of University of Maryland Extension’s Dr. Sara Tangren, local residents, Master Gardeners, and Master Naturalists cleared invasive plants from a 600 square foot section in Middletown’s Wiles Branch Park. The meadow section runs from Wiles’ Branch…

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