OSU Extension Volunteer

 What is the Master Gardener Program?

The Master Gardener Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohioresidents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.

Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardeners 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; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticulture activities.

How do I know if I’d make a good Master Gardener?

You could qualify to become a Master Gardener, if:

  • You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
  • You are eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program.
  • You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
  • You have the time to attend training and serve your community as a volunteer educator.

How do I become a Master Gardener?

To become a Master Gardener, you must:

  • Complete an application and return it to the Warren County Extension office by the application deadline.  The application is available on this website or by contacting the Extension office.
  • Be accepted into the Master Gardener program by completing the volunteer application. Please note that the class size is limited. Trainees will be selected based upon their application and their availability and willingness to complete their training and volunteer requirements.
  • Complete the formal training provided by The Ohio State University Extension. The training is approximately 50 hours and participants must pass all quizzes and examinations with a cumulative average of 70% or better.
  • Complete 50 hours of volunteer time on projects pre-approved by the Master Gardener coordinator. This volunteer time must be finished within one calendar year after their formal training.

Is there a cost for the training?

Yes, there is a cost to help defray the costs for the training manual and speaker’s expenses. Cost for the 2012 Warren County Master Gardener program is $250, of which $100 will be returned after the successful completion of the course and 50 hours of volunteer service.

When is the next training?

The next training will start on September 5, 2012 from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm at the Warren County Extension office.  Training will be held every Wednesday starting September 5 and ending October 31st. There will be no class September 19th.

If I already received my training in another county or state, can I now join the Warren County Master Gardener Association?

Yes, if you are a member in good standing with another state or county association, you can switch your membership toWarrenCounty’s Association.

How do I continue on as an active Master Gardener?

To stay active, you must do the following every year:

  • Pay your local association dues.
  • Complete 15 hours of volunteer time on pre-approved Master Gardener projects.
  • Complete 6 hours of pre-approved training in horticulture. Training opportunities will be provided locally, but are also available at state and national conferences.