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  The Ohio MGVs were a welcomed addition at this year’s Columbus Home & Garden Show.  Positioned at the base of the garden stage, the MGVs of Franklin County staffed a 16-foot booth with a team of 20 volunteers for the 10-day event last month at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

           Floral display, the pink show of apple blossoms, bud swell and leaf emergence, these are things gardeners appreciate after a long and arduous winter.  But for Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV’s) there’s science laced throughout this seasonal beauty.  

            It was Ag Day at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s North Central Agricultural Research Station near Fremont, and MGVs of Sandusky/Ottawa County were on hand to talk about local crops with 103 youth from the Wood County’s summer STARS program.

           Peggy Davis, an MGV in Delaware County, shares her passion for gardening and offers helpful growing tips in a garden column for her community’s monthly magazine, The Tartan Times.

“No fees, overdue notices or due dates”…what?  How can this be a public library?  These rules apply to “Seed, Sprout, Share” seed library in its third season at the Licking County Library in Newark. Inspired by a similar seed library in California, Licking County MGV Rhonda Adams and a coworker decided to try the idea in their county in 2013.

Free land.  Who can turn down free land?  When Morgan County MGVs were looking for a place to start a community garden in 2011, they were offered a location at the former County Home. The property was 2 ½ miles away – beyond walking distance -- from the heart of McConnelsville and the population they hoped to serve. Fortunately, the property had a barn, something on the wish list of just about any county, and it was located near the local schools who could potentially participate in gardening activities.

Flower-lined Downtown Streets Build Community Pride in Zanesville

Garden develped by 75 Civil War veterans is restored.

Horticulture therapy program helps improve physical moblity.

Does the restoration of the  American chestnut provide hope for the Ash tree?

How a gardening project helps to rescue women from sex trafficking.

Union County MGV Project Helps Troubled Teens Grow

Greene County Master Gardeners are pleased to award Xenia student, Joe Vance   as the 2014 winner of the Greene County MGs $1,000 college scholarship.  Joe graduated from the Greene County Career Center and will be attending Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio in the fall.  

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The daffodil garden at Fifth Third Gateway Park in Beavercreek, Ohio has been recognized by the American Daffodil Society (ADS) as an official display garden at their recent fall board meeting in Tucson, Arizona.  At this time there are only 22 gardens nationally that have achieved this recognition.

“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.