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Resources for your garden from the library and other local sources.

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Friends of Brookside Gardens
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Friends of Brookside Gardens (FOBG) was established to support the mission of the Brookside Gardens. This includes maintaining of programs to reveal the year-round wonders and beauty of nature and also educating the public on how the proper care of plants can preserve the environment. What does FOBG do? "Helping to make this botanical wonderland a beautiful and enjoyable year-round learning experience for all visitors."

Gardening Help

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden

Montgomery County Master Gardener

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers of the University of Maryland Extension, who are dedicated to helping the residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. They are located at:

18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood, Md 20855

If you have a gardening question, call 301-590-9650

Plant Clinic schedules can be found on the Montgomery County Master Gardeners' website

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Home & Garden Information Center

Talk with the plant and pest experts at Maryland Extension. 
1-800-342-2507, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Outside Maryland, call 1-410-531-1757.
Or send a question by email.

When to Plant

Lily of the Valley

Monthly gardening tips are available from the Maryland Co-op, as well as the Spring Frost/Freeze table.

US National Arboretum provides the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

A Monthly Gardening Calendar is provided by the Washington Post, plus see more of their Gardening Wisdom.

The Home and Garden Section from the Washington Post includes more gardening tips and how-to's. 

The New York Times writes about container gardening.

Local Pick-Your-Own Farms & Nurseries


The Maryland Cooperative Extension provides lists of various local farms and nurseries:


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Gardening Programs at the Library, 2015

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Master Gardener Plant Clinics Available Through September.

The Master Gardeners from Montgomery County Cooperative Extension will offer their highly popular plant clinics.  Bring your ailing plants or any other gardening questions for expert advice.  Free.  No registration required.


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