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Master Gardener Volunteer Sandy Gartner took on the the Children's Garden to volunteer in 2000 and has been involved with it in some capacity ever since. Her and other MGV's have seen many children participate in the program and realized they have learned so much more than gardening. They learned about birds, butterflies, composting and recycling. They also walked away with new life skills, how to share, diversity and about children with handicaps. This past summer Sandy's daughter Amy who works as Outdoor Program Director for the Girl Scouts visited the Childrens Garden to teach team building skills. She was so impressed with what the children had accomplished. She took that information to the Girls Scouts and they partnered with the Muskingum County Master Gardener Volunteers and wrote and received a $10,000 grant to start their own garden at the Girl Scout Service Center. Just goes to show - when you plant a seed you never know what may grow from it!

Winter Tree Identification Workshop 

Can you identify trees with leaves? What about without leaves?  Identifying trees in winter can be a real challenge.

 

The Williams County Master Gardeners will be hosting a “Winter Tree Identification Workshop” on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 4-H Camp Palmer, near Fayette Ohio. 

 

 

 

Brown County-OSU Extension held graduation ceremonies Saturday, January 10th, for its Master Gardener Volunteer Brown County MGV GraduatesClass of 2008. The graduates had finished their classroom and bookwork a year earlier, at which time they became Volunteer interns. Each intern was then responsible for performing 50 hours of community service.

Greene County Program on WreathsGreene County Master Gardeners and Caesar's Creek State Park Naturalist collaborated at the annual Holiday Traditions Workshop on December 13, 2008.  The workshop is held at Caesar's Creek Nature Cetner each year.  More than 40 particpants designed and assembled holiday wreaths, swags and other festive decorations using a variety of natural mateials gathered at Caesar's Creek Park along with herbs, heirloom flowers and other native materials grown by Greene County Master Gardeners Mike Schumacher and Bill Power at Mercer Smith Historical Park (circa-1799) in downtown Fairborn.

Greene County MGV internsGreene County Master Gardener Volunteers celebrated their 2008 accomplishments at the Beavercreek Golf Club, November 11th.  Greene County Commissioner Rick Perales was on hand to congratulate all.  The Master Gardener Class of 2008 had 16 members that were certified, having completed all requirements to become Master Gardener Volunteers.  Their project was designing and maintaining a new herb garden at Collins Schoolhouse in Xenia, Oh. 

 On October 4th, at the Statewide MGV Conference, Geauga County received the 2008 Dedication of Red Simmons GardenOutstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Project- medium category (26-75 volunteers) honors.  Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers (GCMGV) served as expert consultants, from start to finish, for the Red Simmons Memorial project.  The project entailed the building, installation and finishing the entire landscape for a small, restful, corner memorial park at the Geauga County Safety Center.  This memorial commemorates Sheriff George R. "Red" Simmons dedication, innovation and passion to keep Geauga residents safe, who at age 56, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Allen County - Lima, OH"Big A" Terry Allerbach receives award

This summer, the OSU Extension Office, St. Rita's Medical Center, and the Allen County Health Department partnered together to develop a program that addressed the needs of cutting food costs for people who participated in soup kitchens.  The goal was to give every participant their own tomato plant, container, potting mix, fertilizer, - everything that one would need to grow tomatoes in a container. 

Lima, OH  - Allen County

The Children's Garden in downtown Allen County, designed, planted and maintained by Master Gardener volunteers was designated a "Monarch Waystation."  This site provides milkweeds, nectar plants, and shelter for monarchs throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration.  Creating a Monarch Waystation contributes to monarch conservation and helps assure the continuation of the monarch migration in North America.

    The Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers judged the horticultural segment of the recent 2008 Brown County 4-H Skillathon.  Led by Volunteer Project Manager Faye Mahaffey, they designed, conBrown County MGV at Skillathonstructed and set-up five skill-test stations.

Knox County Master Gardener Volunteers combined efforts with the Brown Family Environmental Center to host the 3rd annual, weekend long event October 17-19, 2008.  The event was held at the Center located on the Kenyon College Campus in Knox County, Ohio.Pumpkins on Parade

Highland County MGVs at Health FairHaving heard about the programs that the Highland County Master Gardeners have done in the past, the coordinator for the 2008 Children's Health Fair at the Highland District Hospital requested that the master gardeners participate.

    Brown County Master Gardeners were successful in educating attendees at the Brown County Fair.  For three years now, the Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers have hosted a booth at the Brown County County Fair.  The Fair -- known as the "Little State Fair" -- is held every Fall.

Outstanding MGV Sandi RockwellSPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers and coordinators were honored recently for outstanding serve and support to their county gardening and community service programs during the Ohio Master Gardener State Conference Awards Banquet.  The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office.  Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.  

Last year, volunteers committed more than 100,000 hours to community services, impacting more than a quarter of a million residents.

Highland County MGV's in actionThe Highland County Master Gardener Volunteers helped with the design and layout of the waterfall and pool garden in front of the Paint Creek Corps of Engineer's Office.  On October 8, 2008, MGV's planted the garden using plants that had been donated.  The donated plants were provided by the county Master Gardener Volunteers and other community members.  The garden will be special to many individuals throughout the community.

Highland County MGV's in actionThe Highland County Master Gardener Volunteers helped with the design and layout of the waterfall and pool garden in front of the Paint Creek Corps of Engineer's Office.  On October 8, 2008, MGV's planted the garden using plants that had been donated.  The donated plants were provided by the county Master Gardener Volunteers and other community members.  The garden will be special to many individuals throughout the community.

The Highland County Master Gardener Volunteers helped with the design and layout of the waterfall and pool garden in front of the Paint Creek Corps of Engineer's Office.  On October 8, 2008, MGV's planted the garden using plants that had been donated.  The donated plants were provided by the county Master Gardener Volunteers and other community members.  The garden will be special to many individuals throughout the community. 

 

Utzinger Garden at Farm Science ReviewMaster Gardener volunteers of Clark County received awards at the State Master Gardener Conference held in Warren, Ohio on October 3 and 4.   Steve Hawkins, horticulturist with National Trail Parks and Recreation District won the OSUE Friend of Master Gardener Volunteer Award, Kathy McConkey received the Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer for the West Regionm, and the Master Gardeners of Clark County garnered the Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Project for large group category (over 76 members). 

On Saturday, October 4th, Franklin County Master Gardener teamed with OSU Chadwick Arboretum volunteers to build a rain garden at Ohio State.  The rain garden was planned and designed by Alan Yost, a student in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.  The garden was built for the Chadwick Arboretum and is located in front of the Chadwick Barns and behind the new 4-HFranklin County Rain Garden at 4H Center Center off Fred Taylor Drive at Ohio State University in Columbus.

The Stark County Master Gardener Volunteers Continuing Education Commitee held their first fall gardening syposium on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Master Gardener Volunteers from Stark, Summit, Mahoning counties and residents from Summit and Stark counties attended with 54 participants total.   Four speakers gave great information on Container Gardening, Care of Houseplants, Plants for Winter Interest and Putting Your Landscape to Bed for Winter. 

Franklin County MGV's`Franklin County Master Gardeners volunteered at “Go Healthy Columbus 2008” on Saturday, October 4th.

Master Gardeners answered gardening questions, handed out vegetable seed packs donated by Livingston Seed, and helped promote the “go green” message of eating healthy foods and getting exercise.

 

The Knox County Fair was the venue a new vegetable judging contest in July 2008.  Efforts for the event were led by Knox County Master Gardener Volunteer Margaret Dudgeon and assisted by Steven Schultz and Joe Phillips.

The Knox County Fair was the venue a new vegetable judging contest in July 2008.  Efforts for the event were led by Knox County Master Gardener Volunteer Margaret Dudgeon and assisted by Steven Schultz and Joe Phillips.

A pre-fair workshop was organized for the competitors which taught vegetable identification techniques, how to place classes of fresh vegetables, and how to give verbal reasons for class placings.

During the competition, exhibitors were placed based on their ability to correctly identify 25 varieties of fresh vegetables, place 3 classes of vegetables and identify the leaves and seeds of the most common noxious garden weeds.  Classes were divided by age into senior and junior divisions.

Support for the contest was provided by the Town & County Garden Club who provided t-shirts for all participants, trophies and awards for the top placings in each age division.