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.
The Pickaway County Master Gardener Volunteer program has 37 active members. Volunteers answer questions at the Farmers Market and from the Helpline, maintain gardens at the Extension Office, the public library, Mary Virginia Crites Hannah City Park and others. We provide speakers for local groups. We train new volunteers every other year and will hold training in April 2015.
More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at http://mastergardener.osu.edu.