wHAT IS A MASTER GARDENER?

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a premier statewide network of volunteer education and leadership development; as well as a consumer horticulture education delivery system that maximizes human, material, and natural resources, and values teamwork and excellence in educational programming.

There are many exciting opportunities for continuing education and camaraderie and this has helped OSU Extension to develop a corps of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are an important component of the OSU Extension system. The Master Gardeners' knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm have become essential to Extension education of consumer horticulture in the state of Ohio. Please feel free to contact our facility with any questions about our programs and services to the community. We are available for presentations, programs and information sharing that your group, company, or organization might like to know more about. The formal training program is the responsibility of the Logan County Extension professionals. Instructors are Ohio State University faculty, Extension Specialists, Extension Associates, experienced Master Gardeners, and other experts.

The training program provides a balanced, integrated practical course in plant science. Core topics that are to be part of the training in every county are oriented to Extension and the Master Gardener Program:

Basic Botany
Plant Physiology
Soils and Soil Fertility
Basic Entomology
Basic Plant Pathology
Plant Disease Diagnosis
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Pesticide Use and Safety
Plant Identification
Home Lawn Care
Annuals
Perennials
Trees and Shrubs
Home Vegetable Production
Home Fruit Production
Backyard Wildlife Management
Organic Gardening
Herbs
Specials topics, based on local needs, may be part of the curriculum.

Volunteer Commitment

The Master Gardener training course consists of a minimum of 50 hours of instruction. An equivalent number (50) of horticulturally significant volunteer hours within 1 year following the initial instruction is required to become a certified Master Gardener. Those hours must be contributed to programs directly sponsored by OSU Extension, Logan County (Extension programs). Master Gardeners may re-certify by completing 20 additional hours of public service and 10 hours of advanced educational training each year. Only unpaid public service in Ohio State University Extension-sponsored activities count toward the requirement.

You must get fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check in order to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. The cost of the class is $150.00 plus the cost of the background check. This cost can be reimbursed by filling out a financial need application on the "Future Master Gardener" tab.

For more information:
Please call, email, or come into the extension office with any gardening questions you may have.
(937) 599-4227, slemmons.10@osu.edu
State-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities are available at http://mastergardener.osu.edu.