Twenty-five years ago Lyn Fisher and Martha Beck had a dream to establish a program to train gardening enthusiasts in research-based gardening techniques, then to use that knowledge to teach the general public. Lyn and Martha, had heard of such a program called Master Gardener Volunteers, sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension.
In order to fulfill the dream they proceeded to do what anyone would do living in an agricultural area. A call was made to meet with the local OSU Ext. Office County Agent Mike Estadt. In 1998 Lyn Fisher and Martha Beck organized and became members of the first Master Gardener Volunteers in Pickaway with six other gardening enthusiasts.