1. 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.

  2. 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.  

  3. Hibiscus Turn of the Century

    Don't Miss this Outstanding Perennial Program

    Dec 12, 2017

    Writer: Pamela J. Bennett

    The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteers along with the Perennial Plant Foundation are presenting the 22 P.L.A.N.T.

  4. Three of the five 2017 Outstanding MGV award winners.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Awards Winning Volunteers and Projects!

    Nov 3, 2017

    Congratulations to Franklin County Extension and Master Gardener Volunteers for hosting a hugely successful State Conference and Awards program. We also want to congratulate all of the award winners below. More than 300 volunteers from around Ohio attended the two day conference and enjoyed tours of Franklin County and outstanding speakers. Again, thanks Franklin County for hosting!

    Master Gardener Volunteer 2017 Awards Program

  5. Hocking County MGVs field questions from guests.

    Lilyfest in the Hocking Hills

    Aug 14, 2017

    On July 13-15, 2017 Hocking County Master Gardeners staffed an Ask a Master Gardener booth at Lilyfest, a celebration of arts, crafts, food and music in the Hocking Hills.  The festival is held at Bishop Educational Garden, a Hocking Soil and Water natural area and educational site and was celebrating its 26th year.

  6. Woodward campers at work.

    Delaware MGVs Teach Pollination and Beneficial Insects to Woodward Campers

    Jul 31, 2017

    It was a perfect late June morning in the garden where Woodward Elementary campers, an assortment of friendly bugs and Delaware Master Gardener Volunteers met to explore pollination. The insects were intentional as the lesson was on pollination and “good” and “bad” bugs. MGV Nora Hiland brought a wealth of fun facts and a variety of flowers that campers examined through magnifying glasses as the MGV helpers pointed out how each type of flower was pollinated. Nora pulled out the “really fun stuff” – live insects in magnifying cases and dead insects in baggies.

  7. Keynote Speaker Melinda Meyers prunes perennials.

    MGV State Conference Registration CLOSES AUGUST 15 - ONLINE ONLY

    Jul 28, 2017

    If you haven't already, time is running out to register for Grow Your Own Way, the 2017 State Master Gardener Conference which will be held on the OSU Campus in Columbus. Conference dates are:

    Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

  8. Campers harvest lettuce to take home.

    Delaware Campers Learn About Water Cycles and Photosynthesis

    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.

  9. MGV State Conference Online registration begins July 5, 2017!

    Jun 23, 2017

    Watch for information and links to the registration site and register early for Ohio's MGV State Conference on September 29 - 30, 2017 in Columbus at the 4-H Center.  The facility limits the capacity to 330 conference participants.  Registration cost will be $120 for the conference and amazing tours on Friday will be $60.

    The sessions choices below are all included in your registration fee.  Online registration opens July 5th watch for information on the registration website.

  10. MGVs preparing to plant at the GeoWalk at the Ohio Stat Fairgrounds

    MGVS Facilitate Geowalk Planting at State Fairgrounds

    Jun 6, 2017

    Neither wind, nor rain, nor thunder could slow down the lightning speed Franklin County MGVs worked so that all 500 plants were in the ground in less than 2 hours for this outgrowth of the Heritage Gardens project at the Governor’s Mansion.

    Working in conjunction with many Partners such as ODNR, Expo Staff, ODOT, Meisner and Associates Landscaping as well as former First Lady Hope Taft, Franklin County MGVs hope the early efforts and persistence will pay off with good sized plants for the State Fair that starts on July 26th.