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Master Gardner

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.

Applications are due by January 15, 2022 or when spaces are filled. The class is limited to 30 participants. Interviews with prospective volunteers will take place the and fourth week of January, 2022.

The training course will take place on Friday afternoons March 11- May 13. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course may be a combination of online instruction and onsite training. Course work will be completed each week prior to the class. Upon completion of the training volunteers must earn 50 hours of volunteer service by the end of the next year (19 months to complete hours) in order to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. Participants will have assistance in finding a volunteer role.

Entrance into the program is based on passage of a criminal background check. Cost is $175 and covers the training manual, hand lens, shirt, name badge and other supplies.

The link to apply can be found here:


The master gardener program is based at the Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster.  (GPS is accurate).

Or Call: 330-263-3888 or email: 

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