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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides 50 hours of training on a variety of horticulture topics 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; however, 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.

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at

The Master Gardener Volunteer program started in Clark County in 1993. Over the years, 326 volunteers have been trained; currently, there are 125 active Master Gardener Volunteers involved in the Clark County program.  Our next intern training program will be held in January 2022.  If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer in Clark County, contact Rich Pearson at or at 937-398-7600.  He will gather the information needed and will let you know when we are taking applications.

Note, we are also piloting an online MGV training program in Clark County.  Contact Pam Bennett, 937-397-7595 if you want to learn more.