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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.

On July 19th, the Junior Garden Open House hosted family, friends, and guests of the junior gardeners.  It was a warm and sunny morning in the garden and a great day to harvest the bounty of the 2008 Junior Gardens. Our guest speakers at the welcoming ceremony, Mr. Howard Siegrist and Commissioner Tim Bubb, praised the Junior Garden Program and the dedication of its volunteers. 

 

 Adams County Fair BoothThe Adams County Master Gardeners hosted their annual booth at the Adams County Fair.  This year the theme was The Country Store.  The booth had displays of produce and items  typically sold at the country store.  We passed out information and advice on planting, cooking and preserving fruits and vegetables from the garden.  With the rising cost of groceries this was appreciated by all those attending.

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Trumbull County MGVsForty people recently toured two award-winning gardens as well as two gardens created by Trumbull Master Gardener Volunteers. The top two winners of the 2007 Tribune Chronicle's Amateur Garden Contest were judged by four Trumbull County Master Gardeners: Betty Bailes, Carol Caronite, Pat Gojdics and Nancy Kovachs.

 

The Logan County Master Gardeners are hosting a

plant sale on Saturday, September 13th from 8:30

a.m .- 12:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the

Farmer's Market in front of TSC, 1651 Main Street,  

 

Bellefontaine, OH  43311

On Thursday, August 14th, 7 p.m., Logan County

Master Gardeners are hosting a presentation on

"Native American Ethnobotany" by Guy Denny,

interpretive naturalist, writer and photographer.  The

presentation will be held at the Ohio Hi-Point Career

Center, Technology Center, 2280 St. Rt. 540,

Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.

Clark County MGVsMaster Gardener Volunteers of Clark County celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Gateway Garden Jubilee on Saturday, August 2, 2008. The event was held in Springfield, Ohio at the Prime Ohio Corporate Park, which is where the office and gardens are located. Approximately 1200 visitors attended the event this year and enjoyed the beauty of the gardens. Vendors selling plants, garden art, and garden furniture gave the guests plenty of opportunity to purchase something for their own gardens. Master Gardener Volunteers gave presentations on a variety of topics ranging from containers to pruning. Many chose to sit and enjoy the beauty of the gardens and listen to music provided by 'Loosely Strung', a Bluegrass Band.

   Forty people recently toured two award-winning gardens as well as two gardens created by Trumbull Master Gardeners.  The top two winners of the 2007 Tribune Chronicle’s Amateur Garden Contest were judged by Trumbull County Master Gardeners: Betty Bailes, Carol Caronite, Pat Gojdics and Nancy Kovachs. The 2008 contest candidates are currently being evaluated by the same Trumbull MGV judges.

 

Article from the Logan Daily News

Meriah Williams - LDN Reporter

LOGAN - Logan Town Center, Inc., in conjunction with master gardeners, is sponsoring flea and farmers' markets, set to kick off Saturday, Aug. 2, and continuing every Saturday through September.

"This is a great way to buy locally grown fresh produce and find a bargain or treasure, too," Carol Mackey, president of LTC, said. "Some downtown merchants will be offering sidewalk sale items as well."

Reviving the farmers' market is something LTC has been discussing since early this summer.

Greene County MGV's maintain gardenThe Yellow Springs Women's Park celebrated a 10th anniversary on Sunday, July 13th.  Many people from the community showed up to participate in the festivities.  Gene "Imogen" Trolander was the founder of the Women's Park.  The Women's Garden honors women for the contributions they have made to family and the community in everyday activities that are seldom recognized and rarely praised.

The Yellow Springs Women's Park celebrated a 10th anniversary on Sunday, July 13th.  Many people from the community showed up to participate in the festivities.  Gene "Imogen" Trolander was the founder of the Women's Park.  The Women's Garden honors women for the contributions they have made to family and the community in everyday activities that are seldom recognized and rarely praised.