Marin Municipal Water District customers can receive free, water-wise advice for their home gardens by scheduling a “Bay-Friendly Garden Walk.” The garden walks are offered through a partnership between Marin Master Gardeners and MMWD.
The program sends UC-certified Master Gardeners to homes within MMWD’s service area to conduct a personalized landscape assessment. During the onsite consultations, the Master Gardeners walk through the garden and advise the home gardener on Bay-Friendly gardening practices such as water-efficient irrigation, healthy soil management and good plant choices to help conserve Marin’s precious water resources.
In addition to the extensive training required to become Certified Master Gardeners, the Marin Master Gardeners receive specialized training from MMWD to perform the garden walks.
The program, which was recognized with the Marin Conservation League’s 2009 Ted Wellman Water Award, launched in 2008. Since then, volunteer Master Gardeners have visited over 500 gardens in Marin.
Homeowners interested in scheduling a free garden walk can contact Marin Master Gardeners at 499-4204. The garden walks, which usually take about one hour, are available through mid-October.