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          “Kids liking kohlrabi -- I would have never expected that” said Al Frate, MGV coordinator for the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) Garden Program.  “But last year they could not get enough of it.  Everyone wanted more kohlrabi!”  This is just one of many positive experiences gained through the award-winning youth gardening program in Painesville, Ohio. 

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“Landscaping the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Spring Valley,” a Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) initiative, has been selected as Ohio State University Extension Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Project of the Year.  

Join State MGV Coordinator Pam Bennett for Ohio MGVs second trip to Ecuador on a working vacation with the Tandana Foundation, February 2014.

Miami County MGV Dan Poast is the first recipient of the Ohio MGV Meritorious Service Award for his service over and above the call of duty. Congratulations Dan!

Keep enjoying your gardening activity by learning how to reduce garden related injuries with tips from Ken McGuire.

Ken's Classroom - Secrest Arboretum Garden Dedicated to Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers also honors Ken Cochran.

Summer weather is barely here, but it's not too early to think about the 2013 Ohio MG State Conference on October 4-5, in Independence, OH, conveniently located just south of Cleveland.   As you will see, in addition to the State MG Awards Dinner, we assembled a dynamite group of speakers and fun, yet educational, bus tours.  Please check out the details.

Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz (BLBB) is a network of volunteers trained to collect lady beetle biodiversity data in Ohio. Lady beetles provide important natural pest control in gardens and on farms. Unfortunately, many native species are declining and the BLBB program has been established to track and understand these declines.

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Do you have plans for a unique or innovative MGV Continuing Education program but lack the funds to do it? Eight grants for $250 each are available just for that purpose! The deadlines for applications for 2013 are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. You have missed the first deadline, but don't miss the next one.


The Department of Plant Pathology now offers three online courses that can be used towards Master Gardener continuing education credits. “Sick Plants and a Hungry World” covers basic concepts in plant diseases, such as the disease triangle. It also goes into detail on historical stories of plant diseases and contemporary global issues. 

We need experienced gardeners - specifically MGVs to go with Former First Lady Hope Taft, her daughter Anna Taft, and State MGV Coordiantor Pam Bennett to Ecuador February 8-16, 2013.

Each year the Lake Metro Parks sponsors "Bug Day" at Penitentiary Glen Park in Kirtland.  It was held on September 11th.It is a popular event with children and families in Lake County.  By visiting the different displays, the children can earn a degree or certificate in "Bugology" for the day.

Master Gardeners of Clark County designed table centerpieces for the Vice President's luncheon at the Farm Science Review.   Approximately twenty volunteers donated flowers and their time to make the floral arrangements.  As you can see in the picture, they did a fantastic job.

OSU President Gee Tours  TC MGVs' Community Garden Project.  

Trumbull County MGV and Grandson Meet Hope Taft

Who would want to plant, weed, and mulch on a hot July day? 

The 2011 Union County Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens was a huge success due to the teams of Master Gardeners, the homeowners and a host of others who volunteered their time, donated materials, and services to make this a very rewarding project.

Put-In-Bay is an easily recognized name when you think of the Lake Erie Islands, but the little island of Gibraltar, home of Stone Lab, may not be as easily recognized. Stone Lab is a learning laboratory and an extension of The Ohio State University. Sixty volunteers from Erie County and nine other counties made the trip across Lake Erie on a hot July day.

Betsy Kollman of Four Star and Proven Winners reveals plant breeders' stategies.