(Posted Oct. 2, 2015)
The Madison County Master Gardener volunteers are offering a 20-week training program for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners. The classes will be offered on Thursday evenings, Jan. 21-May 12.
According to training coordinator Barbara Myers, the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to prepare trainees to volunteer their time with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through the local OSU Extension 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 a variety of educational services including answering gardening questions from the public, school and library programs, fairgrounds beautification and gardening displays, workshops, gardening articles for the local media, a Heritage Tree awareness program, an annual plant sale, and demonstration gardens at London Elementary, the Gwynne Conservation Center and the Extension office.
To learn more, interested candidates are encouraged to attend one of the following introductory sessions:
- London Public Library: Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon; Oct. 21, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
- Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library: Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m.; Nov. 1, 3-4 p.m.
- Plain City Public Library: Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.; Oct 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon
- Mount Sterling Public Library: Nov. 3, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon.