Conservancy teams up with master gardeners

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Howard County Conservancy has announced a partnership for this year with the master gardeners, a program of University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

The two groups have worked in partnership since 1993, said extension educator Georgia Eacker, who coordinates the master gardener program.

The Maryland master gardener program trains volunteer educators in safe and sustainable horticultural practices. Its goal is to build healthy gardens, landscapes and communities. The Conservancy, a land trust, manages the 232-acre Mount Pleasant farm and nature reserve, offering educational programs for students and adults.

Master gardener projects at Mount Pleasant include a demonstration heirloom vegetable garden, seminars on planting and pruning, school programs, and assistance with middle school service-learning projects at Mount Pleasant.

Master gardener "bay wise" volunteers will work with conservancy staff on rain- and bay- wise gardens in the Waverly community, across the street from the conservancy. The project also includes a lecture series about creating a healthy environment through gardening.

At Mount Pleasant, master gardener JoAnn Russo will offer a program on starting seeds indoors, "Seeds to Seedlings," from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Eacker will offer a demonstration of pruning techniques for trees and ornamental bushes from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 6.

The conservancy is at 10520 Old Frederick Road, in Woodstock. Registration is required.

Information, or in case of inclement weather: 410-465-8877.

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