SPRINGFIELD, 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. In 2008, Governor Ted Strickland officially proclaimed the third week of May as State MGV Week”