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By Fay Lande | February 19, 2004
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.
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Susan Reimer | May 20, 2013
Elisa Lane is not much bigger than the pigtails she wears when she gardens at the Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir Hill. But she has a big impact. She sells the fresh vegetables from the empty corner lot that she just kind of took over at below-market prices to residents of the neighborhood. When her farm stand isn't open, residents can buy from the corner market that she supplies. And she has enough to sell to restaurants like Woodberry Kitchen and at the Waverly Farmers Market to help subsidize her cut-rate prices for the garden's neighbors.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to the Sun | April 18, 2007
Robin Hessey Master gardener advance training coordinator and assistant state coordinator for the Master Gardener Program Home and Garden Information Center, Ellicott City Salary --$46,000 Age --58 Years on the job --10 How she got started --Prior to working at the Home and Garden Information Center, a state program that is part of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Hessey owned a graphic design and printing company. She decided to sell the business and look for a less stressful job. She began working as a part-time administrator for the Master Gardener Program and, three years later, began working full-time as the advance training coordinator.
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September 28, 2008
Howard County Master Gardeners will sponsor two programs this month in the new woodland theater at the Whipps Garden Cemetery, 3651 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. Pat Ferensic will demonstrate using pumpkins and gourds in holiday arrangements at 1 p.m. Oct. 11, and Judy Petersen will discuss planting bulbs for year-round color in the landscape at 1 p.m. Oct. 18. Rain dates for the talks are Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, respectively. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The restored 19th-century cemetery, owned by the Friends of the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens Inc., is now a public garden-park.
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June 27, 2004
Honors go to Master Gardener, school projects The Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals and the Maryland Department of the Environment recently gave awards to the Anne Arundel County Master Gardener Program's Native Plant Project, led by Master Gardener John Foerster of Millersville, and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Outdoor Education Program, directed by Stephen Barry. The Master Gardener Program's Native Plant Project, "Rehabilitating the Chesapeake Bay Landscape One Garden at a Time," received the Innovative Program Award, and the poster "Down and Dirty: A Partnership in Applied Learning" received the silver award for best presentation.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 21, 2001
"LIFE BEGINS at 40," or that's what 62-year old Lew Shell would have us believe. No, the Severn resident isn't referring to the human condition, but to a key element of one of his favorite topics - composting, or as he and his colleagues in the Maryland Master Gardener program prefer to think of it, the art of transforming organic material into a natural soil conditioner. The "life" that Shell, a master gardener and horticulture consultant at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Home and Garden Information Center in Clarksville, refers to is the process of decaying that occurs only when the air temperature is above 40 degrees, usually from April to November.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 3, 2000
WHEN Nancy Landers was handed her ceremonial garden trowel at the end of 80 hours of training and volunteer work, she was finally a certified Maryland Master Gardener. Then it was time to go home and rearrange her priorities. First, she rearranged the boxes of air tanks, wet suits, masks and fins that she and her husband, Robert, a certified scuba instructor, use in their quest to dive "every place in the world." Then she made space among the shelves of reading resource material she uses in her job as a reading teacher at Baltimore County's Bear Creek Elementary School.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 14, 2000
ARE YOU passionately interested in horticulture and the environment? Would you like to share your interest with others? The Howard County Master Gardener program might be for you. Run by Georgina Eacker of the Howard County Cooperative Extension in Elliott City, the Master Gardener program promotes good practices in lawn and garden management, as well as a safe gardening environment. The program offers 40 hours of professional training once a year. An interview with a master gardener is necessary for acceptance in the program.
FEATURES
By MIKE KLINGAMAN | August 3, 1991
The elderly man puts on his straw hat, grabs a shopping bag and heads for the garden."Let's see what's out here," says Oliver Revis, 84.He has been gardening since before World War I, but Revis bounces down the steps toward the back yard with the energy of a much younger man. At his age, he says, working a plot surely beats being laid to rest in one."If I didn't have this garden, I wouldn't feel good," says Revis, of Parkville. "This is something I love to do."In midsummer, the garden is a jungle of cucumber vines and tomato plants, 30 of which are sagging under their own weight.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | May 20, 2013
Elisa Lane is not much bigger than the pigtails she wears when she gardens at the Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir Hill. But she has a big impact. She sells the fresh vegetables from the empty corner lot that she just kind of took over at below-market prices to residents of the neighborhood. When her farm stand isn't open, residents can buy from the corner market that she supplies. And she has enough to sell to restaurants like Woodberry Kitchen and at the Waverly Farmers Market to help subsidize her cut-rate prices for the garden's neighbors.
BUSINESS
By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to the Sun | April 18, 2007
Robin Hessey Master gardener advance training coordinator and assistant state coordinator for the Master Gardener Program Home and Garden Information Center, Ellicott City Salary --$46,000 Age --58 Years on the job --10 How she got started --Prior to working at the Home and Garden Information Center, a state program that is part of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Hessey owned a graphic design and printing company. She decided to sell the business and look for a less stressful job. She began working as a part-time administrator for the Master Gardener Program and, three years later, began working full-time as the advance training coordinator.
NEWS
June 27, 2004
Honors go to Master Gardener, school projects The Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals and the Maryland Department of the Environment recently gave awards to the Anne Arundel County Master Gardener Program's Native Plant Project, led by Master Gardener John Foerster of Millersville, and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Outdoor Education Program, directed by Stephen Barry. The Master Gardener Program's Native Plant Project, "Rehabilitating the Chesapeake Bay Landscape One Garden at a Time," received the Innovative Program Award, and the poster "Down and Dirty: A Partnership in Applied Learning" received the silver award for best presentation.
NEWS
By Fay Lande | February 19, 2004
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.
NEWS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 21, 2001
"LIFE BEGINS at 40," or that's what 62-year old Lew Shell would have us believe. No, the Severn resident isn't referring to the human condition, but to a key element of one of his favorite topics - composting, or as he and his colleagues in the Maryland Master Gardener program prefer to think of it, the art of transforming organic material into a natural soil conditioner. The "life" that Shell, a master gardener and horticulture consultant at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Home and Garden Information Center in Clarksville, refers to is the process of decaying that occurs only when the air temperature is above 40 degrees, usually from April to November.
NEWS
By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 14, 2000
ARE YOU passionately interested in horticulture and the environment? Would you like to share your interest with others? The Howard County Master Gardener program might be for you. Run by Georgina Eacker of the Howard County Cooperative Extension in Elliott City, the Master Gardener program promotes good practices in lawn and garden management, as well as a safe gardening environment. The program offers 40 hours of professional training once a year. An interview with a master gardener is necessary for acceptance in the program.
NEWS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 3, 2000
WHEN Nancy Landers was handed her ceremonial garden trowel at the end of 80 hours of training and volunteer work, she was finally a certified Maryland Master Gardener. Then it was time to go home and rearrange her priorities. First, she rearranged the boxes of air tanks, wet suits, masks and fins that she and her husband, Robert, a certified scuba instructor, use in their quest to dive "every place in the world." Then she made space among the shelves of reading resource material she uses in her job as a reading teacher at Baltimore County's Bear Creek Elementary School.
NEWS
September 28, 2008
Howard County Master Gardeners will sponsor two programs this month in the new woodland theater at the Whipps Garden Cemetery, 3651 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. Pat Ferensic will demonstrate using pumpkins and gourds in holiday arrangements at 1 p.m. Oct. 11, and Judy Petersen will discuss planting bulbs for year-round color in the landscape at 1 p.m. Oct. 18. Rain dates for the talks are Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, respectively. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The restored 19th-century cemetery, owned by the Friends of the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens Inc., is now a public garden-park.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2009
Question : Some family members jumped whole hog into gardening this year — vegetables, flowers, you name it. I’d like to get each of them a gardening book that is comprehensive but easy for beginners. Can you recommend one? Answer: Our Maryland Master Gardener Handbook is tailored for Maryland and D.C. residents. The thick spiral bound newly-updated edition covers everything from plant nutrition and landscape design to lawns, trees and shrubs, vegetables and fruit.
FEATURES
By MIKE KLINGAMAN | August 3, 1991
The elderly man puts on his straw hat, grabs a shopping bag and heads for the garden."Let's see what's out here," says Oliver Revis, 84.He has been gardening since before World War I, but Revis bounces down the steps toward the back yard with the energy of a much younger man. At his age, he says, working a plot surely beats being laid to rest in one."If I didn't have this garden, I wouldn't feel good," says Revis, of Parkville. "This is something I love to do."In midsummer, the garden is a jungle of cucumber vines and tomato plants, 30 of which are sagging under their own weight.
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