Program Certification

How the Bay-Wise Program Works (watch video)

In Maryland, county Master Gardeners, who have taken the 9 to 12 hours of advanced training in Bay-Wise Landscape Management, form a committee to plan Bay-Wise activities in and around their county such as:

  1. one-on-one site visits to help county residents qualify to have their landscapes certified as Bay-Wise using the MD Yardstick,

  2. classes and lectures to community groups,

  3. teaching youth in schools/community projects,

  4. staffing information booths at community fairs.

How Do I Get My Home Landscape Certified as Bay-Wise?

Interested in making your landscape more environmentally sound? Follow these three steps:

  1. Download the appropriate MD Yardstick (for landscapes or for vegetable gardens) along with an application,
  2. Complete the MD Yardstick,
  3. Contact the Master Gardener program in your county to sign up for a site visit for certification. Do not submit your completed Yardstick and application before you contact your local Master Gardener program.

Once the Master Gardeners certify your home landscape you may receive a small sign to display in your landscape and a certificate. Even if you do not have your landscape certified, you can still do plenty to reduce pollutants going into the Chesapeake Bay by following the suggestions in the MD Yardstick.

Counties with Bay-Wise Certification Program:

Anne Arundel County

E-mail Anne Arundel County Master Gardener Program

View Anne Arundel County Master Gardener Web Site

Baltimore City

E-mail Baltimore City Master Gardener Program

View Baltimore City Master Gardener Web Site 

Baltimore County

E-Mail Baltimore County Master Gardener Program

View Baltimore County Master Gardener Web Site

Calvert County

E-mail Calvert County Master Gardener Program

View Calvert County Master Gardener Web Site

Carroll County

E-mail Carroll County Master Gardener Program

View Carroll County Master Gardener Web Site

Cecil County

E-mail Cecil County Master Gardener Program

View Cecil County Master Gardener Web Site

Charles County

E-mail Charles County Master Gardener Program 

View Charles County Master Gardener Web Site

Dorchester County

E-Mail Dorchester County Master Gardener Program

View Dorchester County Master Gardener Web Site

Frederick County

E-mail Frederick County Master Gardener Program

View Frederick County Master Gardener Web Site

Harford County

E-mail Harford County Master Gardener Program

View Harford County Master Gardener Web Site

Howard County

E-mail Howard County Master Gardener Program

View Howard County Master Gardener Web Site

Prince George's County

E-mail Prince George's County Master Gardener Program

View Prince George's County Master Gardener Web Site

Queen Anne’s County

View Queen Anne's County Master Gardener Web Site

St. Mary’s County

E-mail St. Mary's County Master Gardener Program

View St. Mary's County Master Gardener Web Site

Talbot County

E-mail Talbot County Master Gardener Program

View Talbot County Master Gardener Web Site

Washington County

E-mail Washington County Master Gardener Program

View Washington County Master Gardener Web Site

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