The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer 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; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; and developing community or demonstration gardens.

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at http://mastergardener.osu.edu.

Locally, the Fairfield County Master Gardener Volunteer program trained its first class of volunteers in 1996. Since that time, 12 Master Gardener Volunteer trainings have been held with more than 150 volunteers trained. Educational efforts and opportunities exist for Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV’s) in Fairfield County at the Fairfield Medical Center’s Tranquility Garden, the Fairfield County Ag Center Revitalization Project, the Sherman House Gardens, Wagnalls Library Educational Garden and our newest project beginning in 2019 at the AHA Children’s Museum.   In addition the Master Gardeners Master Gardener Volunteers are instrumental in planning the semi - annual Dig Into Gardening Educational Workshop in the Spring plus other educational events.

Master Gardener Training is being planned for 2019

Plans are underway to begin Master Gardener Training in mid March-May 2019 along with the Pickaway County Master Gardeners. The classes will be held in Fairfield County Ag Center with several Classes being held at the Pickaway County Master Gardeners at the Pickaway County Library in Circleville. Classes will be held one day per week, typically on Thursdays, from 9 am until 4 pm for 8 weeks.

Cost for the class will be approximately $140.00 in addition to the mandatory $30.00 cost of finger printing for Volunteers with Ohio State University Extension. The cost includes your Master Gardener Training Manual and related handout materials.

Once the training is completed, as a Master Gardener Intern you will be required to give back 50 Hours of volunteer service to the program by December of 2020. Each year  following you are asked to give back 20 hours of volunteer service as well as 10 hours of continuing education. We will also have lots of opportunity to gain continuing education and give back hours thru OSU Extension programs and activities.

A printable brochure can be found here

For more details contact Connie Smith, Master Gardener Volunteer coordinator at 740.652-7267 or smith.3204@osu.edu

You can learn more about the Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer program here.