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A little rain didn't stop the Arbor Day events at the Dawes Arboretum on Saturday May 1.  An estimated 150 people stopped by the Master Gardener booth to discuss their gardening concerns with the county experts. Master Gardeners were prepared with handouts of most asked questions and timely gardening events. They also gave away 120 daylilies grown from their own demonstration garden. This annual event is something we really enjoy being involved with and it gives us an opportunity to connect with the community.

MASSILLON, Ohio – Ohio Master Gardener volunteers love plants and teaching others about gardening. So much so that they spent over 151,000 hours last year leading beautification projects, giving horticultural presentations and raising gardening awareness. Their volunteer efforts resulted in $3.3 million worth of community service contributions throughout Ohio.

The contributions of Master Gardener volunteers will be celebrated during Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week, May 17-24. This year’s theme is “Master Gardener Volunteers Give Back,” and activities and programs will be held throughout Ohio’s counties emphasizing that theme.

“The purpose of Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week is to recognize the outstanding MGV programs in the state and the work that our volunteers are doing in their communities,” said Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension statewide Master Gardener Volunteer coordinator. “Each county will celebrate the week by selecting a program, new or ongoing, that best emphasizes this year’s theme.”

Students of the Utica Elementary in Licking County recently participated in Dairy Day.

The Logan County Master Gardeners will be holding a Spring Plant Sale on May 8, 2010.

Don't miss "Dig Into Gardening" on Saturday, April 10, 2010!!!!

OSU Extension Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers will once again be holding their annual conference on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the OSU/COTC Newark Campus in the Reese Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This popular event is open to the public.

Yes, there is still snow piled everywhere, and the groundhog told us that spring will not come early this year.  But the Fayette County Master Gardener Volunteers have been working on garden plans, and are preparing to present a new series of workshops that will share tips and techniques that will help you grow fruits and vegetables in your own back yard.  Those who attended some or all of last year’s sessions will find new information anddifferent topics, so don’t hesitate to plan on coming back again this year.   

Retired Judge, Jack R. Moser (left in the photo) entertains with stories about his Master Gardener projects in response to receiving honors from Mayor Pat Moeller (right) at the January 27th Hamilton City Council meeting.  More than 25 Butler County Master Gardener volunteers attended the meeting, which also included an informational presentation about the group by Master Gardener president Frank Peters.


Photo:  Dave Gerber, Hamilton Journal News

Twenty four new interns begin their Master Gardener training on February 1 at the Licking County Extension Office Meeting Room.

Licking County Master Gardeners will honor 9 of their members, Saturday, January 30th, at their Recognition Breakfast. The 9 individuals will receive Associate Status.

The Franklin County Master Gardener Class of 2009 celebrated their graduation, and certification as Ohio Master Gardeners. The Franklin County Master Gardener Program welcomed thirty-three new Master Gardeners at the graduation party on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

Outstanding MGV Dan PoastThe 2009 Ohio State University Extension Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year, Dan Poast, Miami County, provided the following reflection.  Congratulations to Dan and all of the State Award Winners.

"What an exciting 2 days in Warren County [at the State Conference]. Over the last 10 years I have attended many MG events and this was among the best. Tours, speakers, especially Jon Carloftis, food, smooth organization all added up to a great conference. But my opinion may be jaded.  Friday evening I was selected as your MGV of the year. When the Miami County MGV’s heard the news Norv Deeter responded “this is what happens when you are late for a meeting.”  What an honor.  Saturday was tough as I got little sleep while reviewing the time as a Master Gardener.  Working with and learning from the great gardeners in Miami County and throughout the state makes a wonderful experience.

Some 10 years ago I decided to switch gears in life and semi-retire after years in the commercial world. Linda, my wife, noticed an ad for Master Gardeners. Like other spouses she wasn’t sure what I was getting into but encouraged me to apply and helped with my essay.  My parents were avid gardeners and I had followed their example. Now I would have the time and opportunity to expand and improve and enjoy my gardening.

Coshocton County Master Gardener Volunteers RecognizedOSU Extension- Coshocton County Master Gardener volunteers were recognized for their many accomplishments in 2009 on November Coshocton MGVs18 at the Career Center Restaurant.

A pictorial history of the Coshocton MGVs was presented by Dorothy Skowrunski. Bill and Carol Freund were recognized as the state winners of 2009 Friends of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. They have donated countless plants, bulbs, time and experience to the Master Gardener Volunteer program in Coshocton.                                                            

Defiance County Master Gardener volunteers will be hosting and Education Day on March 20, 2010 with four speakers talking about gardening topics.  Registration begins in February.  Learn more by calling the Defiance Coumnty OSU Extension Office at 419-4771.  More details will be available closer to the event.

Jim Essman, Fayette County MGVOn Monday, November 16, 2009, Fayette County Master Gardener Volunteers celebrated a successful year by taking off their gardening hats and gathering together for a recognition banquet.  It was an honor to host State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Bennett as the keynote speaker. She thanked volunteers for their valuable contributions and inspired them to continue learning.  She revealed that an hour of volunteer time in 2008 has a value of $20.25.  This year Fayette County MGVs volunteered over 1042 hours with 39 active members.  According to Bennett this is a $21,100 value to the community.

These will be similar to the questions used to collect MGV data in 2009.


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The Master Gardeners of Clark County held their annual Recognition Celebration on November 2 in Springfield, Ohio.  More than 100 people were in attendance as well as special guests including County Commissioner John Detrick, Springfield City Commissioners Dan Martin and Karen Duncan as well as spouses and guests of the volunteers.  The 101 MGVs of Clark County contributed 10,132 hours of service to the community; the value of their volunteer time is equivalent to $208,818.00. Natheta Mercer received the highest honor for the Clark County MGVs, the James Looney Memorial Award.  A silent auction with items donated by the volunteers raised more than $800.00.  Clark County MGVs are one of the 72 county programs in Ohio.   Natheta Mercer MGV Clark County

 First year Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson has a desire to teach life skills to the young people who pass through the Lake County Juvenile Detention facility.  Noticing the sun in a grassy area outside the dentention center basketball court, she made it known that she wanted to put a vegetable garden in its place.   The Lake County Master Gardener program set out to assist.  The Detention Center is literally next door to the Lake County Extension office which lead to a perfect partenership. 

State Master Gardener Volunteer Advisory Committee

September 9, 2009

Ohio Governor’s Residence, Columbus, Ohio

Welcome and Introductions: In attendance were Pam Bennett, Carolyn Allen, Susan Liechty, Julie Crook, Mary O’Rourke, Celeste Welty, Candace Pollock, Dan Poast, Troy Cooper, Faye Mahaffey, Denise Ellsworth, Carol Edmister, Tom Malinich and Cindy Burskey.

Pam Bennett called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

Guests:  Anne Hughes (representing John Haley, Montgomery County)

Join the Horticulture Staff from OSUE Clark County as they teach participants how to make a holiday wreath or swag.  Cost of the program is $35.00 and includes lunch and materials to make a wreath or swag.  The date is December 5th from 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. and it will be held at the Clark County Extension office.

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The project was outstanding and the conference was held in Warren County.

Read the summaries of the 2009 Outstanding MGV Projects that were entered.  The small category are counties with 1-25 volunteers, medium category counties have 26-75 volunteers and the large category counties have 76 or more volunteers.