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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.

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

The next Master Gardener Volunteer training program in Hamilton County will be in the fall 2021; it will be conducted each Thursday for 10 weeks, beginning on September 9th. Classes will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Application deadline is July 23, 2021. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the 2022 class, please email Mary Jo Vesper at