Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Do you have a strong interest in flower and vegetable gardening, perennial gardening, lawn care, tree and shrub care, fruit production, pest management, a desire to sharpen your skills in these areas, and a willingness to share your knowledge about these topics with others? If so, then you should consider becoming an Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) Master Gardener Volunteer.

Beginning March 3, Master Gardener Volunteer training will be offered to residents of Miami, Shelby and other surrounding counties. The OSUE Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program that provides extensive instruction in horticulture for the exchange of volunteer hours. The hours are spent sharing gardening knowledge with members of the community through OSUE-sponsored or approved events.

Training will be held every Thursday from March 3 through April 28, 2011. The sessions will be held at the Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Troy, Ohio. Many gardening topics will be covered in the nine weeks. There is an enrollment fee of $135.00 which covers the costs of training manuals, instructors, facility usage fees, and miscellaneous expenses associated with the program.

To become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, you must attend all the training sessions, pass (open-book) examinations at the end of the sessions, and volunteer 50 hours to the community through OSUE supported events. Such events could include, but are not limited to teaching 4-H youth gardening, planting and maintaining demonstration gardens, answering horticulture questions from the public, judging horticulture projects, and assisting with community projects.

You may request an application by contacting the OSU Extension Office in Miami County on the ground floor of the courthouse building, by calling 937-440-3945 or online at In Shelby County applications are available at the OSU Extension Office at 810 Fair Rd., by calling 937-498-7239 or online at The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 11, 2011.

You can find out more about the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer Program for Ohio at You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to increase your gardening knowledge, develop wonderful new friendships, and share your knowledge about gardening with others.

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