The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Master Gardeners seek new participants

VW independent/submitted information

The Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program is an international organization designed to provide opportunities for gardening enthusiasts of all types and levels to acquire training in numerous aspects of gardening and landscaping, develop long-lasting friendships with other MGVs, to learn from other MGVs, and provide an outlet for those who want to serve their communities through a unique form of volunteering. Ohio State University MGVs work together with the OSU Extension Service to provide such services to their communities as answering gardening questions, beautifying the community, developing community or demonstration gardens, and other horticultural activities.

Applications are now being accepted for the spring MGV training class of 2018. OSU MGVs are initially given 50 hours of training on information pertaining to gardens, landscapes, plants, diseases, insects, and more. But learning does not stop after the initial training programs.

Opportunities for many types of continuing education are provided through multiple training programs offered through OSU Extension, both locally and statewide. After the training class is completed, new MGV interns are to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to the community as volunteer educators. Even though this sounds like a lot of time, it is not difficult to fulfill this requirement. In fact, most quickly exceed that number long before the end of their first year of service.

Van Wert County MGVs created and maintain The Children’s Garden, located in Smiley Park on Leeson Avenue in Van Wert, to provide an outdoor learning lab for children of all ages. Additional projects include The Garden of the Senses in downtown Van Wert, a garden bus tour, and more.

The 2018 MGV training class will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 6 and ending April 26, as well as Saturday, March 17. Classes will be held at The Lima Branch Campus of OSU and carpooling will be available. If there is enough interest, a class will be held at the Van Wert County Extension office at the county fairgrounds.

Classes will cover a multitude of topics, including basic botany, soil science, fruits and vegetables, diagnostics, herbs, annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs, entomology, houseplants, landscape maintenance, plant pathology, and pesticide safety and use.

For more information on cost and how to obtain an application for the MGV program in Van Wert County, call Rachel Hoverman at 419.238.1214 or email

POSTED: 02/13/18 at 8:33 am. FILED UNDER: News