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How did the Master Gardener Volunteer Program originate?                                                                                                                                             

The Master Gardener Volunteer program originated in Seattle, Washington in 1972. The Extension agent in the King County office of the Washington State University Extension Service began to train and utilize the expertise of volunteers to more effectively reach the gardening public with research-based educational information. It was a great concept that has now spread across the United States, to Canada and other countries.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program in Ohio has existed since the late 1970s and has grown steadily. Although its initial start and growth was in the more urban counties of our state, there are now more than 3,000 active Master Gardener Volunteers in more than 62 Ohio counties (urban, suburban and rural).

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide educational services to their communities such 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.


We are Ohio MGVs and we are Ohio Strong!!

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  1. 2021 State MGV Conference Awards

    Nov 2, 2021

    Writers: Jennifer E. Andon, M.S., Pamela J. Bennett

    Over 100 Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, Educators and staff recently gathered virtually to honor peers, colleagues, and program supporters. The OSUE MGV Awards program was hosted by state MGV Program Director Pamela Bennett and Program Manager Jen Andon.  The event is normally held during the face to face MGV State Conference but was moved to virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  2. 2020 Master Gardener Volunteer State Conference

    Oct 28, 2020

    The 2020 Virtual State MGV Conference was recently held October 22-23, with over 500 registered to attend.  MGV's from around the state and beyond joined us for this exciting two-day event.
  3. Registration for the 2020 Master Gardener Volunteer State Conference and Awards Program!

    Mar 30, 2020

    Writer: Pamela J. Bennett

    Dear Master Gardener Volunteers; STATE CONFERENCE

    Greetings and we are very excited to invite you to the 2020 State Master Gardener Volunteer Conference and Awards Program on October 22-23, 2020.  The conference is split into two days, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m to help everyone avoid Zoom Fatigue!