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            For many years, the Ohio Veterans Home greenhouse in Sandusky was filled with no more than mothballs and storage boxes. But, thanks to Ohio State University Extension Educator Tim Malinich and the Master Gardener Volunteers of Erie County, the greenhouse is coming back to life.

                This May, Huron County Master Gardeners will work with 175 first and second graders to plant annuals at Maplehurst Primary School’s butterfly garden. In fact, the spring planting has become an annual activity since the garden was created in 2005.

              Jan Doherty and her fellow Master Gardener Volunteers of Clermont County are uncovering century-old walls, garden paths and plenty of history as they help restore the herb wall at Rowe Woods in Milford, Ohio.

            The garden dates back to 1898 when the original owners Carl and Mary Krippendorf planted thousands of plants on their property.  In 1965, the Cincinnati Nature Center purchased the property and continued to manage the site for biodiversity. 

Imagine gardening in Civil War days!  Remember the days when hand-tended gardens served up a bounty of fruits and vegetables for survival and a medicine chest of herbs for healing.

            Thanks to the Master Gardener Volunteers of Warren County, visitors to the restored Glendower Mansion can capture a glimpse of gardening during the mid-1800s.

Seneca County MGVs host a monthly live internet readio show.

             Heather Donley, an MGV from Medina County, is on a mission to recruit more young gardeners.


  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.