May 25, 2017
Master Gardener Volunteers are always looking for ways to make an impact in the community. However, they like to have a little fun too! In October, the Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers won the Director’s Choice Award for their entry in the annual Fall Farm Fest Scarecrow Contest hosted by the Miami County Parks District. The festival is held at the Lost Creek Reserve and enjoys tens of thousands of visitors each fall to enjoy a variety of autumn activities and contests.
May 16, 2017
Shelby County Master Gardener Volunteers have been spreading buckeye spirit with local children. During the past two Shelby County Fairs held in July and Forestry Field Days held in October, 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.
May 9, 2017
Washington Master Gardener Volunteers partnered with boys from the Juvenile Detention Center to cultivate their own garden. Four raised bed gardens behind the OSU Extension Office in Washington County were used for teaching individuals the art of gardening. From the beginning, most of the actual labor was provided as a community service by boys from the nearby Juvenile Detention Center. Three years ago they decided that if the boys were going to work the garden that it should be their garden and so we began an experiment.
May 2, 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.
Apr 5, 2018
MGV interns renovated two parking lot beds at the Carnegie Library in Washington C. H. Even while the Fayette MGVs were planting, the library patrons where commenting on the improvement.
The interns removed boxwoods from existing wooden raised beds that were causing damage to the building. Overgrown dwarf Alberta spruce were removed from existing parking lot beds and added new soil . Working with the head librarian they focused on plant material referred to in books the children were reading. For example, the Harry Potter books often refer to herbs.
Apr 5, 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.
Aug 21, 2017
The registration deadline has been extended to September 1 for Grow Your Own Way, the State MGV Conference scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30 in Columbus. To get registered, go to: go.osu.edu/2017statemgv.
Jul 26, 2017
Delaware Master Gardener Volunteers finally had a beautiful Thursday morning on June 8 to introduce energetic Woodward Elementary campers to the mysteries of the water cycle and photosynthesis. MGV Nora Hiland (aided by Patti Sharpe's fun posters) described the evaporation-transpiration-precipitation-infiltration hydrologic cycles in easy, fun terms. Nora then introduced a bit of the magic of photosynthesis and used celery to demonstrate the vascular “tubal” structure of plants.
May 5, 2017
Gardeners of all levels came together for a full day of learning in London, Ohio at the Madison County Garden Expo held Saturday April 1. Returning to Madison County after several years, it was sponsored by the Madison County Master Gardeners and OSU Extension Madison County.
Programs were given on growing giant pumpkins, the importance of pollinators to the food you put on your table, growing hosta, creating a thriving honeybee hive, rain gardens and building your own rain barrel.
May 2, 2017
Save the Date!
September 29 and 30, 2017
Hosted by Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers
Keynote Speakers will be Joseph Tychonievich and Melinda Myers.
Joseph is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s food show, The Splendid Table, and has recently been named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “…six young horticulturalists who are helping to shape how America gardens”.