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Trumbull County Master Gardener Volunteers are sowing seeds of change by teaching local food bank participants how to grow their own food.

MGV Glen Smith, Interns Diana Isenberg and Donna Hall recently helped County Coordinator Steve Hudkins teach 20 people how to grow vegetables in containers.

With Burpee-donated seeds, soil from Warren City's Nature Blend plant, containers donated by Trumbull MGVs and starter plants provided by St. Mark's Lutheran Church (home of the food bank), Hudkins and his MGVs demonstrated the proper way to plant and care for seeds and transplants.

Hardin County MGV's at Training ProgramHardin County Master Gardeners added to their knowledge and expertise at their summer training event in June.  The volunteers visited Monte Siekerman's beautiful 5.5 acre garden and retreat center near Ada.  Allen County Extension Educator, Curtis Young walked with the volunteers through the gardens and discussed garden insect problems along the way.  The group enjoyed a large wildflower display, along with ornamental grasses, a pond, tree house, and many other features of the Siekerman garden.  A brief noon business meeting was held in the rustic but comfortable cabin at the site.

 

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Conference is coming quickly.  By now you've likely received your post card reminding you to mark your calendars for Oct. 3 and 4 for the Ohio State Master Gardener Conference.

The northeast region and Trumbull County, who are hosting this year's event, have promised a conference with innovative and fun-filled classes and tours. You won't want to miss this exciting event. It is likely your only regret will be which tours and classes to choose.

Registration will be available next month and those attending may be surprised to find that higher fuel costs has not affected the savings the conference committee has been able to secure this year.

3 Sisters Garden in Warren CountyThree months of hard research, creative writing and a break in the rainy weather paid off for the Warren County Master Gardeners, who were able to meet more than 200 visitors to the Fort Ancient State Memorial's prehistoric gardens during the 'Fort Ancient Celebration" on June 7-8. The Master Gardeners have been developing a demonstration garden adjoining the museum for four years. This garden displays the types of crops grown by Ohio's First Gardeners, the Adena and Hopewell people, thousands of years ago. Individual sections of amaranth, sunflowers, tobacco, gourds and the Three Sisters crops (corn, beans and squash) are tended by Warren County Master Gardeners from April planting through September harvest.

OSU MGV Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 9, 2008  Waterman Farm  Columbus, OH

Meeting called to order by Pam.  Approximately 25 members in attendance. In attendance were:  Nancy Kronberg, Denise Ellsworth, Fred Rufener, Susan Liechty, Betty Williams, Tom Beckett, Kay Studer, Danielle Grimm, Sue Donahue, Faye Mahaffey, Celeste Welty, Dave Dyke, John Haley, Pamela Tate, Sarah Baehr, Judy Niggemeyer, Rosalie Perry, Carolyn Allen, Greg Meyer, Cindy Burskey, Craig Everett, Troy Cooper, and Pam Bennett.

Minutes approved as printed.  John Haley/Nancy Kronberg moved/seconded.  Motion carried.

Friday July 11, 10 AM - 7 PM

Saturday July 12, 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday July 13, 10 AM - 4 PM

13,200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, OH, at the edge of the Hocking Hills

Between Lancaster and Logan, turn west off US 33 onto Co. Rd. 34, Buena Vista Road and go 6 or 7 miles then turn left or south onto Little Cola Road.

This festival will hold over 60 local artists displaying and selling their work. 

The event is held on 3 acres of professionally designed gardens, ponds, and sculptures and will have professional horticulturists selling plants.  Annuals, perennials, water plants, new introductions and dried flowers.

Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions and questions about the Bishop Educational Gardens.

The event will also feature musical entertainment in the form of bagpipers, dulcimers country, and Appalachian musicians. the web site below will give the performers and schedule.

Food provided by Annie's Cheesecake of Lancaster.

Free admissions but donations accepted for local scholarships. Bring a friend but leave your pet at home please.

For more information go to www.Lilyfest.com

 

 

Friday, July 11, 11 AM - 7 PM

Saturady July 12, 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday July 13, 10 AM - 4 PM

13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, OH

 

The event is held on 3 acres of professionally designed gardens, ponds, and sculptures and will have professional horticulturists selling plants.

This festival will hold over 60 local artists displaying and selling their work.

The event will also feature musical entertainment in the form of bagpipers, dulcimers country, and Appalachian musicians.

 

 

Friday, July 11, 11 AM - 7 PM

Saturady July 12, 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday July 13, 10 AM - 4 PM

13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, OH

 

The event is held on 3 acres of professionally designed gardens, ponds, and sculptures and will have professional horticulturists selling plants.

This festival will hold over 60 local artists displaying and selling their work.

The event will also feature musical entertainment in the form of bagpipers, dulcimers country, and Appalachian musicians.

 

 

Veggie Derby in Ashtabula CountyThe Ashtabula County Master Gardeners collaborated with with the OSU Extension office in Ashtabula County to conduct a "Veggie-Derby" with three of Ashtabula City’s elementary schools at the end of May. This team made learning about vegetables fun!

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Wood County Master Gardeners' Humane Society Project

Wood County MGV's planting at Humane Society

Eleven Wood County Master Gardeners designed and inplemented a Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden at the Wood County Humane Society on May 17 as part of their project for Ohio State Master Gardeners Week.  The garden is located outside the cat room window for the entertainment of our feline friends.

Greene County MGV attend workshopFifty-four avid gardeners from around Ohio attended a day-long Plant Health Care Workshop hosted by the Greene County Master Gardeners at the Greene County OSU Extension Office on June 5, 2008.

Dr. Roger Funk, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Davey Tree Expert Company and an internationally recognized authority on tree, lawn and landscape care, presented his holistic approach to plant selection, planting and maintenance.

Dr. Funk began with a discussion of the soil-air-continuum, explaining, "insects and disease are often not the problem, but can be indicative of another problem--often soil."  As to air, he pointed out that our atmosphere's levels of carbon dioxide are increasing and impacting plant growth rates.  "As carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, we can expect to see changes in our ecosystem, including increases in some pest populations," he noted.

Greene County hosted the first "Meet, Greet and Learn" for the Master Gardeners of Subregion 7.  The state leadership set up subregions within the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, hoping to improve communication and cooperation between counties.  Subgregion 7 consists of the following counties:  Fayette, Pickaway, Clark, Madison, Ross and Greene.  The Greene County get together is the first in a series of get togethers outlined in an organizational meeting held in Fayette County in March 2008. 

MGV's with Indian Ripple Students focus on EAB activitiesThe Indian Riffle Nature Explorers have joined the fight against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  During the statewide EAB Awareness Week (May 18-24, 2008), forty-six 1st and 2nd grade Nature Explorers at Indian Riffle Elementary School in Kettering participated in several activities at their school to raise student, staff and parent awareness of the Emerald Ash Borer.  An ash tree on the front lawn of the school was wrapped by the kids with CAUTION tape as they urged people to become aware and help STOP the SPREAD of this highly destructive pest. 

Richland County Master Gardeners assisted the Mansfield Bicentennial Landscape Committee with planting Red, White & Blue flowers at several sites around downtown Mansfield and at some of the city parks for the Mansfield Bicentennial Celebration.

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OSU Master Gardener Volunteer

Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, March 10, 2008

 

Introductions:  Members introduced themselves.

 

Review of Minutes:  Mary O’Rourke made motion to accept/Fred Rufener seconded.  Voice approval.

 

Election of Officers: 

·  Greg Meyer Elected Vice Chair/CFO (Nancy Kronberg moved/Dave Dyke seconded/Voice approval) 

·  Secretary – Mary O’Rourke moved/Fred Rufener seconded/Voice approval)                              Nancy Kronberg elected to above position

Brown County MGV's after planting    The Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers recently replanted the front entrance to the Brown County Administration Building.  Years of discarded cigarette butts and winter salt runoff had destroyed much of the original plantings.  What remained was a disgrace!

Greene County MGV'sGreene County Master Gardeners added to the landscape at the Greene County Fairground this week.  A tree was planted near the Extension Office and additional green plantings were designed and added to the flagpole area.

MGV Hamilton planting flowersTo celebrate Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Week, Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers planted the master gardener garden at the Delhi Floral Paradise Gardens, Delhi Township on the morning of May 21.  These gardens are rather unsual because each is sponsored and planted by an area greenhouse or garden center.  Following lunch and delicious deserts served by the staff of the Delhi Township Park District, Tim Sisson from the Western Wildlife corridor gave a very interesting talk on the WWC and the importance of land conservation, land trust and native plants.