Pollinator-Friendly Garden Certification
Follow steps 1-4 to certify your pollinator-friendly garden with the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
What do pollinators do?
Pollination, the transfer of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or of another flower, is vital to our food supply. Insects and other animals are a key element in this transfer. In fact, one of every three bites of food depends on the work of pollinators!
UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers take action to help pollinators
In Maine, we have many different kinds of pollinators, such as bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, all of which need our help! Both native and domestic pollinator populations are declining, affected by habitat loss, climate change, and contact with pesticides. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are taking action to protect pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly gardens and providing education for the gardening public. You can join this effort by providing food and habitat for native insects and animals. Pollinators will, in turn, provide the pollination needed to protect our plant diversity and food sources. Certifying your property or garden as “Pollinator-Friendly” will help support a healthy ecosystem for our community and our future, and will help to spread the word about the importance of pollinators.
Certifying your Garden
In order to apply for this garden certification, the applicant must first spend some time carefully reviewing and preparing for the requirements outlined in steps 1 to 4:
- Step 1: Provide Food for Pollinators
- Step 2: Provide Water Sources for Pollinators
- Step 3: Provide Shelter for Pollinators
- Step 4: Safeguarding Pollinator Habitat
Due to the in-depth certification process, we highly recommend making sure that you have met all of the requirements before starting the application. Consider using this Pollinator-Friendly Garden application tip sheet | PDF to prepare for the application.
If your garden meets the requirements, you may submit an application online and pay the non-refundable $10.00 application fee electronically. We are currently not accepting paper applications or checks for this certification program. Please allow up to 10 weeks for review. Eligible gardens will earn a certificate verifying its pollinator-friendly status.
You will then be eligible to purchase the UMaine Extension Pollinator-Friendly Garden sign for $30.00. Both the certificate and the sign show your commitment to conserve pollinator habitats. Your donation also supports UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to continue their quest to educate the public about the importance of pollinators.
Need help, information or have questions? Please send us a message using our online contact form.
Materials were adapted from Penn State’s Pollinator program, developed by Penn State Master Gardeners in collaboration with the Center for Pollinator Research.
Thanks to our friends at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Maine Audubon for their support with reviewing the materials for this program.