Esther Mitchell

Esther Mitchell

University of Maryland Extension

Department of the Environment
Prince George's County

Esther Mitchell is the Master Gardener Coordinator for Prince George’s County, MD and a Program Planner for the Department of the Environment for the past 10 years where She responds to all types of questions and problems regarding plant identification and their habitats, insects, plant diseases. She helps train residents to become Master Gardeners and provide many outlets for volunteer service to attain certification.

Esther teaches a variety of horticultural topics throughout Maryland counties. She also delivers presentations on horticultural subjects at library plant clinics, community and homeowners associations, and garden clubs. Guided by Esther's expertise and knowledge, several community gardens in Prince George’s County were established. She has assisted residents, homeowners associations, community gardeners, Councilpersons and Town Mayors on their beautification programs, and she works with schools, nonprofits and faith based groups to help establish various types of gardens. She has presented professional development courses on planting and maintaining school garden to more than 200 teachers and has worked with schools to help establish vegetable and flower gardens.

Esther has been featured on many radio programs, and she has been quoted in several national and local newspapers on various horticultural subjects and has appeared on NBC4's Rooted in Your Community. She was instrumental in getting the county tree renamed to the Willow Oak.

Esther enjoys teaching youth and adults about the joy and pains of gardening. She believes that you learn life’s basic lessons in the garden.