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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

    Congratulations to the Ohio State Master Gardener Award winners for their contributions and efforts to the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer Program.   See photos of the winning volunteers and projects.

     Special thanks  go to Delaware, Madison and Union County volunteers for the outstanding hosting  of a conference. The Ohio MGV State Conference was held October 17 and 18 at Ohio Wesleyan University.  It was a great venue and a wonderful weekend with over 150 people attending  the Awards Banquet Friday  evening and over 300 attended Saturday's conference.

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.

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

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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.