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“Landscaping the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Spring Valley,” a Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) initiative, has been selected as Ohio State University Extension Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Project of the Year.  

            The 2013 OSUE MGV Awards Program was held on October 4th in Independence, Ohio  (Cuyahoga County).  Master Gardener Volunteers, county projects, and friends of Ohio MGV were recognized.  Twenty-three state awards were presented with cash and prizes totally over $3,000.

             A new honor for 2013 was the Standards for Excellence Award to recognize MGV counties who have attained all essential requirements with a Gold award and counties attaining standards beyond the fundamentals were awarded the Platinum Award.  There were 13 Gold Counties and 20 Platinum award winning counties.

             Congratulations to the State Master Gardener Volunteer Award winners listed below and thanks to all counties that nominated their volunteers and projects for these awards.

Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Thais Reiff has been selected as Ohio State University Extension Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year.  Reiff became a MGV in 2003.  Reiff is a well-rounded MGV and has volunteered almost 3,800 hours in her first decade, more hours than any other Greene County MGV.  Reiff is Greene County's recognized expert on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), and also served as a member of the Ohio State University's "Why Trees Matter (WTM).

Barb Mills was inducted in the 2013 Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 28 for her endeavors in the field of horticulture.  Every organization needs a leader and Greene County has the best. The list of horticultural recognition received and programs influenced by Barb is lengthy and significant.  As the Horticulture Program Assistant at OSU’s Greene County Extension Office she has made long lasting contributions far beyond her job responsibility. 

Join State MGV Coordinator Pam Bennett for Ohio MGVs second trip to Ecuador on a working vacation with the Tandana Foundation, February 2014.

Do Not Miss the Ask a Master Gardener Volunteer Official Public Launch at the 2013 Ohio State Fair.

Miami County MGV Dan Poast is the first recipient of the Ohio MGV Meritorious Service Award for his service over and above the call of duty. Congratulations Dan!

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

 et al.

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

 et al.



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

 et al.

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.