Podcast: HGIC’s lead horticulturist reveals this year’s top gardening topics

What are the most frequently asked questions this year at the Maryland Extension’s Home & Garden Information Center? Our lead horticulturist Debra Ricigliano revealed some of the hottest topics during her chat with Washington Gardener Magazine editor Kathy Jentz for her recent GardenDC podcast. These included dogwood and oak tree problems, periodical cicadas, fall armyworms, and much more! Plus, Debbie provided a brief history of the agricultural land-grant universities, Cooperative Extension, and how we continue to serve the public with resources such as Ask Extension.

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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.

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