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.

Our Mission: Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers are Ohio State University trained volunteers empowered to educate others with timely, research-based gardening information.

Our Vision: The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a premier statewide network of volunteer education and leadership development: as well as a consumer horticulture education delivery system that maximizes human, material, and natural resources, and values teamwork and excellence in educational programming.

For more information on becoming a Licking County Master Gardener Volunteer, contact Lori Swihart at 740-670-5315 or by email at swihart.33@osu.edu

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at http://mastergardener.osu.edu.