Guideline No. 20a – Gardens: Flower and/or Vegetable

Gardens that exceed 225 square feet, side yard vegetable gardens, extensive foundation planting, or when significant garden changes are planned, require an Exterior Alteration Application for consideration by the RHAC. 

Application Requirements

An examination of applications will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Diagrammed site (plot) plan showing the location and dimensions of the garden is required.
    Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Any fencing on the plan, including the dimensions and materials, if applicable.
  • Planting materials to be used for screening, if applicable.
  • Description of the type of temporary wire to be used to keep small animals out of the garden area, if applicable. Temporary wire fencing of wire mesh may be used to keep out small animals. Total height of the fencing , including support, shall not exceed 36 inches and must be removed at the end of the planting season. 
  • A description of plants or vegetables to be grown, including its height at maturity. Utilization of low-impact, environmentally responsible landscaping techniques and use of Maryland native plants is preferred. 
  • A description of plant growth medium material.
  • Gardens that are placed on a grade may not add or contribute to soil erosion or property damage.