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Home and Garden Information Center

Since 1990, the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center has offered an in-state gardening hotline answered by an array of horticulture consultants. The service also allows clients to send an electronic question through the Web site. Now, through an IPM special projects grant from NIFA, this service has expanded to include all the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Other information on the HGIC site includes a large collection of fact sheets, timely tips, and links. The HGIC is also heavily involved with invasive pest issues, such as sudden oak death, and is currently working to develop additional Web pages on soybean rust and the brown marmorated stink bug.

The HGIC site also includes a unique plant diagnostic subsite which utilizes a large array of color images to help the user diagnose plant problems.

The HGIC staff of horticulture consultants is also responsible for writing fact sheets and teaching manuals, Web site development, teaching, applied research projects, and media outreach.

For questions for the Home and Garden Hotline, call 1-800-342-2507. For more information about the Home and Garden Information Center, contact Mary Kay Malinoski.


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