1. Entrance to Butterfly Display at the Krohn Conservatory

    Hamilton MGVs Adopt-a-Day at the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show

    May 9, 2018

    As Adopt-a-Day participants, Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers welcomed visitors to the Butterfly Show at Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory on April 19th. Master Gardeners volunteered to provide all day coverage to staff the Butterflies of Madagascar.

  2. Ann demonstrating USB microscope on a lady beetle

    Shelby MGVs Add USB Microscope to Hotline Tools

    May 9, 2018

    How does a Master Gardener Volunteer explain to a hotline client what they are seeing through a hand lens?  First, the MGV has to show the client how to use the hand lens.  Then the client has to be able to see the beetle’s antenna or the pycnidia on a spruce needle.  All this before even explaining what the problem is. To make matters worse, the client laments having to convey the information to his spouse at home.  If you staff the hotline/helpline, this situation probably sounds familiar.

  3. Go Native Participants learn about native plants.

    Hardin MGVs Emphasize the Importance of Native Plants

    Apr 9, 2018

    The Master Gardener Volunteers of Hardin County recently held a program titled “GO NATIVE! A Native Plant Program.” The goal of the program was to increase both the public awareness of the need to include native plants in their landscapes as well as to train Master Gardener Volunteers on the topic.  Over 75 attended the program.

  4. Civil war enactment

    Fayette MGVs and Community Collaborators Host a Family Fun Day

    Apr 4, 2018

    Fayette County Master Gardener Volunteers, Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District (FS&WCD), Carnegie Library, Fayette County Historical Society, and Washington C. H.’s Tree Committee collaborated to organize a Family Fun Day at the Washington Cemetery. The program had stations with fun activities on history and conservation practices.

    MGVs have their phenology garden at the cemetery.  They set-up a bee and pollinator activities at the phenology garden. Families solved a crossword puzzle about bees with their help.

  5. Potted tulips

    Beware of Potted Daffodils, Tulips and Lilies and Pets!

    Mar 30, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to buy potted blooming bulbs for inside the house to decorate for Easter or to just celebrate the coming of spring. The most common are daffodils, tulips or lilies which may be planted outside once the foliage has died back or stored in a cool dry environment and planted in the fall. All are considered members of the Liliaceae family and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, excessive salivation and death in cats following ingestion of any plant parts. Exposure to daffodils and tulips can similar signs in dogs.

  6. Fayette MGVs Team Up with Soil & Water Conservation District to Plant Pollinator Gardens

    Mar 20, 2018

               Fayette MGVs and Soil and Water Conservation (S&W) planted five pollinator gardens to use in future programming. In addition, a geocache pollinator trail was developed and revealed last Fall.

    Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt. Participants use GPS coordinates to find a logbook and hidden rewards. The MGs and S&W identified seven sites in the county. The trail leads you to sites that have habitat that support pollinators.

  7. Secrest Arboretum Master Gardener Volunteers

    Secrest Arboretum MGVs Share their Year

    Feb 7, 2018

                  Master Gardener Volunteers are vital to the function of Secrest Arboretum, one of Ohio State University’s two arboreta, located in Wooster. While Secrest Arboretum has been supported by Friends of Secrest (a non-profit organization) and local volunteers for many years, Master Gardeners have always played a crucial role.  Their assistance was especially impactful following the 2010 tornado.

  8. Reducing food waste by gleaning potatoes.

    Hancock MGVs win GrowOhio Award For Second Year

    Feb 1, 2018

                    For the second straight year, the Master Gardeners of Hancock County have been awarded $500 for producing and collecting the most produce among the State’s medium sized Master Gardener counties.  This produce was donated to food banks for use in distributing it to those in need.

  9. Ross County donated a truck load of sweet corn to feed the hungry.

    Grow Ohio Winner - Small County Category - Ross County MGVs Provide Fresh Garden Produce

    Jan 9, 2018

    Ross County Master Gardener Volunteers donated nearly 5,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries and other organizations.  They were the winning county in the small county division and will receive the $500 prize to be used in next year's garden. Here is their story by Ivory Harlow.

    Ross is a rural county nestled in the hills of Appalachian Ohio. Like many areas of Appalachia, the community is tight-knit and family focused. Ross County is a place where residents support one another and lend a helping hand to neighbors when one is needed.

  10. Van Wert MGV's Butterfly Garden in their Childrens' Garden

    Van Wert MGVs Reach for the Sky!

    Dec 21, 2017

                To say that the Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) have high expectations is an understatement. Since the group’s formation in 2002, they have worked relentlessly on three major projects which have put the small, northwest Ohio town of Van Wert on the map.