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.

The Ashtabula County Master Gardeners offer educational outreach throughout the year in a variety of manners. The Master Gardeners conduct community classes, have speakers bureau, and work in school enrichment. The Master Gardeners also will speak to community groups upon request.  The Master Gardeners can tailor their presentation to the needs of your group or we can provide a program which is ready to go.  Contact David Marrison for more information at marrison.2@osu.edu or 440-576-9008

Call the Ashtabula County Master Gardener Volunteer Helpline for all your gardening and insect questions on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until noon (May through October) at 440-576-9008 ext. 9. Trained Master Gardener Volunteers will research your question or ask you to submit a sample for accurate diagnosis.