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. The award-winning author and horticulturalist, Brie Arthur, started us off as the Keynote speaker, inspiring us all to "garden" outside of the box.  From pairing perennials with vegetables, to cultivating grains alongside ornamentals, Brie's passion to promote the value of gardening was infectious and experienced by all.  It was a memorable two days of learning and celebrating our phenomenal volunteers and staff.  


On Thursday evening, MGVs around the state celebrated our award winning programs, Master Gardener Volunteers, Friends of the MGV program and Coordinators.  


Save the date for the 2021 State Conference on October 14-15, 2021 in Fairborn, Ohio hosted by our Greene County MGVs.


Congratulations to this year's nominees and award winners.  


Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator:  Staff Kim Hupman
Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator:  Volunteer Doug Benson
Top 5 State OSUE Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteers
      Susan Liechty         Delaware County              Betsy Briju                 Athens County            Yen Hanes              Franklin County
               Bob Beck                  Huron County              Amy Goletz             Lake County
Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer Projects
Small Program Category Winner (1-25 volunteers)
     Small Program:    Community Service Madison County "Lynda's Garden"
Medium Program Category Winners (26-50 Volunteers)
  Medium Program:  Community Service Lake County "Bug Day"
   Medium Program:     Environmental Horticulture Athens County "Chauncey Early Learning Center"
   Medium Program:   Backyard & Local Food Fairfield County "AHA Children's Garden Museum"
   Medium Program:   Backyard & Local Food Hancock County "A Harvest for Education & Hunger Initiative"
Overall Winner Medium Program
Athens County:  "Chauncey Early Learning Center"
Fairfield County:  "AHA Children's Garden Museum"
Large Program Category Winners (51 or more Volunteers)
  Large Program:    Community Service Hamilton County "Druffel Garden"
  Large Program:    Environmental Horticulture Franklin County "Brook Run Rain Garden"
  Large Program:      Backyard and Local food Franklin County "Bexley Community Gardens"
  Large Program:     Integrated Pest Mgmt Franklin County         "Vegetable Trials            Research Garden"
Overall Winner Large Program
Hamilton County:  "Druffel Garden"
Friends of Master Gardener Volunteers
Sylvania Area Family Services Lucas County
Jennifer Yost Erie County
Coshocton County Career Center Coshocton County


Standards of Excellence Awards:  Gold 
Brown     Butler    Clermont
Clinton     Fairfield    Fayette
Geauga     Knox    Madison
Miami       Washington
Standards of Excellence Awards:  Platinum
Athens Clark Cuyahoga
Delaware Erie Franklin
Greene Hamilton Hardin
Huron Lake Licking
Mahoning Paulding Seneca
Shelby Summit Union