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Sandra Farber Bandier, Greenhouse/Green Roof Manager, DC Master Gardener Coordinator

Master Gardener Program

DC Master Gardeners, revitalized in 2002, is a volunteer program affiliated with land-grant universities. Volunteers utilize research-based information to educate the public on best
practices in horticulture and environmental stewardship. Active in all 50 states and Canada, the program was established to assist Cooperative Extension in reaching the consumer horticulture public. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in topics such as plant pathology, entomology, urban soils, and plant propagation and pruning. In return, participants are required to dedicate volunteer time to demonstrate horticultural practices; answer questions, provide information, and speak at public events; and participate in community gardening programs.

"Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City are the only two urban Master Gardener Programs in a metropolitan city on the east coast of the U.S.," Ms. Bandier points out. "This makes the UDC program unique in serving the residents of the District. DC Master Gardeners provide unbiased, research-based educational assistance and programs in horticulture and environmental issues to the gardening public."

Sustainability Successes

More than 400 DC residents have been trained in the Master Gardener program since the
program was revitalized in 2002. Nationally, Master Gardeners volunteered more than 5 million hours in 2009. In 2010, 187 active Master Gardeners gave a total of 9,350 hours valued at $306,119. Currently, there are a total of 226 active Master Gardeners in the District of Columbia.

Resource Links

About the Master Gardener Program

DC Master Gardeners Application - No longer accepting applications for 2016

Soil Testing

Contact Information

Sandra Farber Bandier
Coordinator, Master Gardener & Junior Master Gardener Programs

College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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