The next Master Gardener Volunteer training class will begin January 17, 2020. Applications for this class are due August 31, 2019. Applications for the 2020 class will only be distributed at these three community meetings.
The purpose of the community meetings is to review the goals, policies, and procedures for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Individuals planning to apply to be a part of the next Master Gardener Volunteer class must attend one of these meetings. No registration is required to attend the meetings.
- July 7, 2019 at 7:00PM, Columbus Metropolitan Library - Northern Lights Branch (4093 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43224)
- July 22, 2019 at 7:00PM, OSU Extension Office, Franklin County (530 W. Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)
- August 6, 2019 at 7:00PM, Columbus Metropolitan Library - Hilltop Branch (511 S Hague Ave, Columbus, OH 43204)
The Franklin County Master Gardener program is open to Franklin County residents who are amateur gardeners.
We don't train every year but, when we offer training, we post the information on our web site, and advertise in print and online media in Franklin County. Trainings are held every other year. Our last training was in 2018, so the next opportunity will be in the winter of 2020.
The cost for 2016 was $300. Applicants also pay for a background check.
Trainees receive 50 hours of training in horticultural topics. Training topics include: botany, plant nomenclature, understanding soils and fertilizer, plant pathology, entomology, integrated pest management, pesticide safety, growing vegetables and fruits, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, home lawn management, plant diagnostics.
In return, trainees volunteer 50 hours of community service. Once training and community service are completed, the trainee is certified as a Master Gardener.
Master Gardeners remain active from year to year by:
- Obtaining ten (10) continuing education hours
- Donating a minimum of 25 community service hours.
- Completing a fingerprint background check for the rescreening process every 4 years.
How do I know if I'd make a good Master Gardener Volunteer?
You could qualify to be an Ohio Master Gardener if:
- You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
- You are eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program.
- You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
- You have the time to attend training and serve your community as a volunteer educator.