Jan 24, 2017
Submitted by Shelby County MGV Coordinator Doug Benson:
Shelby County Master Gardeners have been spreading buckeye spirit with local children. During the past two Shelby County Fairs and Forestry Field Days, MGVs have assisted children of all ages in making necklaces featuring buckeyes and scarlet and gray beads. Between the two events more than one hundred children have created necklaces following their own designs each year.
Dec 13, 2016
Ever wonder how an initiative started from a state organization can have so many positive impacts on a organization and community? Well, that is what the State Master Gardener, “GROW Ohio-Feed the Hungry” initiative did in Hancock County. In early January, Bill Jones, Hancock County Master Gardener coordinator received information about how the Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer groups could participate in raising and gleaning produce to donate to food banks to feed the hungry. The initiative was patterned after the book, Katie’s Cabbage.
Oct 31, 2016
The library gardens provide an interesting variety of gardens used by the library patrons for quiet reflection and also ideas for their own gardens. A Children's Garden is used for a variety of presentations aimed to prick the interest of gardening in children. Virtually every Warren County MGV has done work at this Waynesville library horticultural site. Submitted by Nancy McLaughlin
Oct 19, 2016
At their October Member Meeting, the Licking County MGVs elected new officers for the 2017 - 2018 two-year term. From left to right: Phil Metzler – Treasurer, Linda Bishop – President, Donna Walters – Secretary, and Elaine Boaz – Vice President. The new team starts in January 2017 but transition work sessions and “next year” planning meetings are being held in fourth Quarter 2016. Thank you, from your fellow MGVs, for your dedication and future leadership! Submitted by MGV Phil Metzler
Sep 27, 2016
Master Gardeners are often asked to support the community with their expertise. This time, when asked to judge a 4-H flower contest at the Hocking County fair, I had no idea what to expect. There were critters created from wood and old tires, children made from old oil drums, faeries in a galvanized garden tub, scarecrows, pumpkins and even minions in the competition. Using flowers, props and their imagination, county 4-H club members create their own displays. The beautiful results add floral interest to the grounds.
Sep 9, 2016
Wow wow wow! On Thursday September 8th, 16 members of the State MGV Advisory Committee held a meeting at the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Reserach Park. It was a great place for a meeting but even more, we learned about a wonderful resource for MGVs and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists to learn from and to go for a field trip. Located on the northern edge of the OSU Campus and along the Olentangy River, this 52-acre urban research site is pretty incredible. When on the site, you don't even realize that you are in the city.
Aug 18, 2016
The Sweet Arrow Reserve, the newest and largest park in the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks District, is adjacent to the Cornerstone Development. The Little Sugar Creek happens to run through the Sweet Arrow Reserve at the bottom of a major flood plain. OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardeners are putting their concern into action in an attempt to stem the significant erosion caused by the recent increase in real estate development.
Aug 10, 2016
The Fayette County Master Gardener Volunteers (MG’s) along with the Fayette County Agriculture Society sponsored their first daylily show at the Fayette County Fair on July 19, 2016. When local hybridizers Karen Whiteside and Ed Mongold approached the MGs about sponsoring and organizing a daylily show, they quickly approved the idea and began working. The fair board liked the idea and approved the show. Plans included a class for the public on how to properly prepare a daylily for a show.
Aug 4, 2016
On June 8th, 2016 Hocking County Master Gardener Volunteers Joanne Murtha and Sheree Cole along with Extension Educator Tim McDermott presented a program to the Whole Fit Day Camp in partnership with the Hocking Valley Community Hospital.
Jul 29, 2016
On the first Friday of each month, Miami County MGVs are hard at work educating the public on a variety of horticulture-related topics as part of their new series, Coffee with the Master Gardeners. The series, which began in February, is geared towards backyard gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts alike. Sessions have covered raised bed gardening, pruning techniques, roses, native plants, weed control, and fairy gardening. To date, 188 residents have participated in the series.