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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


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 Master Gardener Volunteer Program is just one of the ways OSU Extension engages with the public each year.  This internationally renowned program provides interested Ohio residents with in-depth training on topics ranging from tree identification and plant health to pollinators, wildlife and garden pest management.  

The Master Gardener Program is an opportunity for both outdoor and nature enthusiasts to continuously learn and also share that passion and knowledge with others through educational programming, garden activities, and service in their community.  Volunteers develop lasting friendships with others who share and support their interests.  Volunteers learn about diagnosing plant problems, insects, soil fertility, annual and perennial care, tree ID, lawncare, vegetable and fruit production and more.