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Keep enjoying your gardening activity by learning how to reduce garden related injuries with tips from Ken McGuire.

Ken's Classroom - Secrest Arboretum Garden Dedicated to Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers also honors Ken Cochran.

Summer weather is barely here, but it's not too early to think about the 2013 Ohio MG State Conference on October 4-5, in Independence, OH, conveniently located just south of Cleveland.   As you will see, in addition to the State MG Awards Dinner, we assembled a dynamite group of speakers and fun, yet educational, bus tours.  Please check out the details.

Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz (BLBB) is a network of volunteers trained to collect lady beetle biodiversity data in Ohio. Lady beetles provide important natural pest control in gardens and on farms. Unfortunately, many native species are declining and the BLBB program has been established to track and understand these declines.

Mary O'Rourke

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Do you have plans for a unique or innovative MGV Continuing Education program but lack the funds to do it? Eight grants for $250 each are available just for that purpose! The deadlines for applications for 2013 are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. You have missed the first deadline, but don't miss the next one.


The Department of Plant Pathology now offers three online courses that can be used towards Master Gardener continuing education credits. “Sick Plants and a Hungry World” covers basic concepts in plant diseases, such as the disease triangle. It also goes into detail on historical stories of plant diseases and contemporary global issues. 

The Perennial Plant Association  (PPA) presents a unique seminar in Columbus, Ohio  on Sunday, January 13, 2013.  Entitled  Perennials & Design: A Perfect Combination, this is the 17th  year PPA  has provided innovative topics.  In addition, PPA has  generously supported the Ohio Master Gardener Program with  proceeds from each  seminar.

We need experienced gardeners - specifically MGVs to go with Former First Lady Hope Taft, her daughter Anna Taft, and State MGV Coordiantor Pam Bennett to Ecuador February 8-16, 2013.

Michael Paquet

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The 2012 OSUE MGV Awards Program was held on September 29 in Warren, Ohio. Volunteers and their projects were recognized and the state award-winners were presented. Congratulations to the

Clark County Master Gardeners sponsored a team in the Literacy Sting Spelling Bee.  The event was was hosted by the Altrusa International Club of Springfield, Ohio to promote literacy in Clark County Ohio. 

Clark County Master Gardeners get rid of  trash the Green Way.

Audrey Hall

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Jake Detwiler is the recipient of the second annual Union County Master Gardener $750 Scholarship.  Detwiler is a 2010 graduate of Fairbanks High School and a junior at Morehead State University (Kentucky) majoring in agricultural business with an emphasis in horticulture.

Pictured are members of the Scholarship Committee Laurie Lowe, Bill Paloney, Detwiler, Audrey Hall and Pam Seckel. Members of the committee not pictured are Faye Cox, Denise Kanet and Karen Long.   

Trumbull County MGVs and residents heard a panel discussion aiming to further the OSU signature program “Why Trees Matter.”

Trumbull County MGVs, residents and guests recently listened as John A. Blakeman enthusiastically explained the intricacies of “Gardening and Landscaping with Prairie Plants” during a program provided through the MGV Home, Yard & Garden Program. This program was provided admission free to all Trumbull County seniors over 60 courtesy of the Trumbull County Commissioner’s Senior Levy Mini-Grant. 

Master Gardeners of Clark County celebrated eigthteen years of teaching gardening to the public on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the annual Recognition Banquet in Springfield.

Three volunteers with Master Gardeners of Summit County received top awards at the organization’s recent general meeting.

Honored were Jan Becker, President’s Award; Tom Bouton, Carol Easter Life Long Learner Award; and Mindy Costigan-McCartney, Master Gardener of the Year.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers and coordinators were honored recently for outstanding serve and support to their county gardening and community service programs during the Ohio Master Gardener State Conference Awards Program.  The event was held in conjunction with the International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, West Virginia.  The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office.  Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.  


Photos of all award winners can be found here

Each year the Lake Metro Parks sponsors "Bug Day" at Penitentiary Glen Park in Kirtland.  It was held on September 11th.It is a popular event with children and families in Lake County.  By visiting the different displays, the children can earn a degree or certificate in "Bugology" for the day.

Master Gardeners of Clark County designed table centerpieces for the Vice President's luncheon at the Farm Science Review.   Approximately twenty volunteers donated flowers and their time to make the floral arrangements.  As you can see in the picture, they did a fantastic job.

Buckeye Bash kicks off fall season.

WOOSTER, Ohio - Wooster's Secrest Arboretum celebrated its continuing recovery from tornado damage this past Friday (9/16), the storm's one-year anniversary, and Ohio's Master Gardener Volunteers added some icing to the cake. The group surprised Ken Cochran, the arboretum's program director, with a check for $50,084 to go toward the arboretum's renewal efforts.

Michael Paquet

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Trumbull Students Learn Firsthand About Biofuels