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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. 

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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.

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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.

Also recognized were members with more than 100 volunteer hours in the past year: Bouton, Costigan-McCartney, Peggy Cartwright, Jean Kindry, Vince Matlock, Pat Munka, Lori Nelson, Mary June Starts, Cheryl Urban and Janet-Jo Walter.

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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.

Our educational display was popular with the children and adults.  We estimate that over 450 children plus adults stopped at our display.  The children enjoyed being investigators of insects.

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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.

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Trumbull County’s 2011 MGV Class completed their Camelina Sativa Project grown in the Floriculture Garden recently. The area designated for the bio-fuel crop was harvested with samples sent to HeroBX in Erie, Pennsylvania. The class later toured the facility which focuses on the development of bio-fuel derived from a number of natural oil-based sources.

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President E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University recently toured Northeast Ohio to visit various OSU-related projects, institutions and programs. Gee's goal was to demonstrate that OSU seeks positive partnerships with communities in order to create lasting change.

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“There’s still time to add to your volunteer hours if you find yourself in Columbus on the second or fourth Wednesday of the month before the end of October; and it is worth the trip just to see how beautiful the grounds have matured in the past few years,” Janet K. Russell (MG class of 2003) said. Russell recently combined “weeding the Governor’s garden” with an overnight stay in Worthington where her grandson, Alexander Crawford, enjoyed skateboarding in one of the city’s metro parks along the Olintangy River.

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Trumbull County MGVs and area residents recently cooled off while enjoying gardens, strawberries, ice cream, and music at the TC Research, Education and Demonstration (RED) Gardens on July 20th.

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James Palmer III the recipient of the first annual Union County Master Gardener Scholarship receives his check for $300 and certificate from Audrey Hall chairman of the Scholarship Committee at the July 27 meeting.  All Union County high school seniors and college students who are pursuing a Plant Science degree are eligible.  Palmer who is a 2009 graduate of Fairbanks High School is majoring in horticulture at Ohio State University. 

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     The 2011 Union County Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens was a huge success due to the teams of Master Gardeners, the homeowners and a host of others who volunteered their time, donated materials, and services to make this a very rewarding project.

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Put-In-Bay is an easily recognized name when you think of the Lake Erie Islands, but the little island of Gibraltar, home of Stone Lab, may not be as easily recognized. Stone Lab is a learning laboratory and an extension of The Ohio State University.  Sixty volunteers from Erie County and nine other counties made the trip across Lake Erie on a hot July day.

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   Betsy Kollman of Four Star International (Michigan) and Proven Winners presented an engaging, interesting and at times dazzling discussion regarding plant breeding and bio-technology applications for the backyard gardener to the Trumbull County MGVs on June 16, 2011. Betsy, a Michigan State and Cornell University graduate discussed plant breeding potentials and market-based plant selection strategies with specific applications for current and future year trends.

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On a soggy April 19th, MGV's Ruth Sainsbury and Sherry LeMaster went to a local daycare center and gave a program to daycare regulars and older children there due to spring break. The kids picked their own pansy and planted it and took their flower home. They also had two papers, a connect the dots and coloring picture of an ant hill. The importance of plants in the food chain, various flowers and growing vegetables were discussed. Children had many questions and stories to tell. They were well received and another program day was set up.

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The first OSU Extension, Montgomery County's Spring Symposium was held March 31, 2011 at Polen Farm in Kettering, OH. 50 participants traveled from the following counties of Butler, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby, Warren and Wood for the full-day symposium. Guest Speakers were Tony Carpenter with Beyond the Greenhouse presenting the Basics of Landscape and Garden Design, and Teresa Jones with Meadowview Growers speaking on the Latest Perennial and Annual Selections.

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The third annual Garden Fling sponsored by Master Gardeners of Clark County was a great success.  The event was held at Kenton Ridge High School on Saturday, April 2.  Over 178 people attended the event making it the largest crowd to date.  A full day of educational sessions entertained and instructed the attendees.  When not in class, the Garden Bazaar was a favorite attraction, with over 20 vendors selling plants, books, and art objects.