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 http://mastergardener.osu.edu.
Champaign County has seven Master Gardener Volunteers who have gone through training. They are available to answer questions during the growing season (May through September) on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3 pm. Call the Champaign County Extension office at 937-484-1526 during those hours. They may need to see a sample leaf or plant in order to correctly address your question or concern.
If you are interested in joining our group, please feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings. They are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Champaign County Community Center.