Saturday, April 9, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm
GreenFest is Howard County's largest celebration of Earth Day. The event aims to connect residents with the resources that local businesses, non-profits and government provide to help anyone be a good steward to the environment.
Vendor & Sponsor Applications are OPEN until Friday, February 11
Native Plant Sale
Residents may bring up to three bags or boxes of paper to be shred. The event will be held from 10am - 2pm (or until trucks are full). Think before you shred--please ONLY bring items that contain personal information. Junk mail, catalogs and office paper can be recycled with regular curbside recycling collection. Although these events will have hours, shredding will be available until trucks are full which may occur before designated ending times.
For other upcoming shredding dates and more information, please visit our Document Shredding page.
Compost Bin Giveaway
Rain Barrel Giveaway
2021 "mini" GreenFest
Thank you to all who attended our "mini" GreenFest, and special thanks to all of our vendors, workshop hosts, and sponsors who helped make our first virtual event a success.
Highlights from the event:
- 20,000 lbs of documents shredded
- 40 rain barrel giveaways
- 50 compost bin giveaways
- 10 virtual workshops
- 20 vendors
Master Gardener Program
- Master Gardeners
- Native Plant Sale
- Ask a Master Gardener
- Grow It! Eat It!
- Watershed Stewards Academy
Howard County Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by the university, providing horticultural education services to individuals, groups, and communities including government agencies, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, historic sites, schools and youth groups, senior citizens and garden clubs. Master Gardener programs and services are available free of charge to all Howard County residents and community groups. For more information on our services or becoming a Master Gardener check out our website:
Los Maestros Jardineros del Condado de Howard son voluntarios, capacitados por la universidad, que proporcionan servicios de educación hortícola a individuos, grupos y comunidades, incluyendo agencias gubernamentales, asociaciones vecinales, organizaciones sin fines de lucro, sitios históricos, escuelas y grupos juveniles, adultos mayores y clubes de jardinería. Los programas y servicios de los Maestros Jardineros se ofrecen de forma gratuita a todos los residentes y grupos comunitarios del Condado de Howard. Si desea información adicional sobre nuestros servicios o desea saber cómo llegar a ser Maestro Jardinero consulte nuestro sitio web:
Although we couldn’t host the Native Plant sale this year, please support the following vendors who participate in GreenFest each year and make native plants accessible to Howard County residents:
- Keystone Wildflowers: http://www.keystonewildflowers.com
- Lauren's Garden Service: http://www.laurensgardenservice.com
- Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm: http://www.meadowsweetnative.com
More information on Native Plants and links to other great websites can be found at:
Our mission is to educate residents about landscape practices that protect the Chesapeake Bay and our local waterways. By changing a few simple practices, together we can help keep our Maryland water healthy.
Are you Bay-Wise? Test your knowledge of these Bay-Wise principles by using the Bay-Wise Yardstick to see how you measure up.
- Controlling Storm water Runoff
- Encouraging Wildlife
- Protecting the Waterfront
- Mowing properly and Watering Efficiently
- Managing Yard Pests
- Mulching and Recycling
- Planting Wisely
Home consultations to assist homeowners with their landscaping problems will resume once the threat from the Corona virus is past. In the meantime, please refer to the resources on our webpage: https://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/bay-wise-landscape-management
Ask a Master Gardener-Plant Clinic is a program where Master Gardener volunteers, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension, provide information to home gardeners at the county libraries and other events throughout the county. During this time of corona virus please take advantage of the following resources: (a) Ask and Expert https://extension.umd.edu/ask - you can ask a question anytime via the web or (b) Ask-A-Master-Gardener sessions (normally held at our libraries) via email [email protected]
Learn more at: https://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/ask-master-gardener
Compost is a dark and crumbly material produced by the natural decomposition of leaves, kitchen food scraps, and other organic materials. Why compost at home?
- Reduces waste: Yard and food waste that can be composted make up around 25% or more of trash to landfills.
- Improves soil: Compost helps break up clay and attracts earthworms that aerate soil.
- Retains moisture: Slows run-off from rain by holding three times its weight in water. Incorporate compost in the soil so you water less.
- Reduces need for fertilizer: Compost provides nutrients for your plants, trees, lawns and shrubs.
How you can help pollinators:
- Provide food – Plant natives
- Provide water sources (and puddling areas for butterflies)
- Provide shelter
- Safeguard pollinator habitat
- Control invasive plants
- Reduce pesticide and herbicide use
If you have questions about starting your Pollinator Garden or Native Landscape, please ask us at [email protected]
The Grow It! Eat It! campaign is a joint venture between The Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center - to provide education and encourage Marylanders to learn how to start and maintain successful food gardens.
Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start a home garden! With the current COVID-19 crisis we are all a bit stressed and could really use the therapeutic benefits and productivity of food gardening. Here are just few of the many benefits to growing your own food:
- Fresher & More Nutritious - Fruits and vegetables that ripen naturally in the garden and are consumed within days of harvest have more nutrients than store-bought vegetables.
- Save Money - A seed packet of basil costs as little as $.99 and contains hundreds of seeds. One small bunch of basil in the grocery store can cost 3x as much.
- Greater Variety - Food gardening provides the opportunity to try plants and varieties that aren’t available in markets.
- Less Environmental Impact - We minimize our food's environmental impact when we grow it at home.
- No Pesticides – Growing food at home means you have total control of how the plant is grown and cared for. It’s a simple way to guarantee your food is organic when you don’t use pesticides.
Below are resources for you to learn more and help you get started. Happy growing!
UME Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) Webpage
UME MD Grows Blog
HGIC YouTube Channel on Food Gardening
Have Questions? Contact our MD Gardening Experts at https://extension.umd.edu/learn/ask-gardening
The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is a cooperative effort of the University of Maryland Extension and Howard County to increase the number and diversity of trained volunteers who have the knowledge and skill required to enhance the health of our local streams, rivers, and lakes. Watershed Stewards work with neighbors to provide best storm water management practices.
We are not accepting requests for neighborhood and homeowner inspections while we limit personal contact to help minimize the impact of the Corona virus. We will resume when it is advisable; hopefully soon. Stay safe.