About Us

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Summit County Master Gardeners is to teach environmentally sound, research-based horticultural practices and promote gardening for the citizens of Summit County under the auspices of The Ohio State University Extension.

Master Gardeners Summit County, Ohio State University Extension is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Summit County Master Gardeners are affiliated with OSU Extension of Summit County. OSU Extension embraces human diversity and is committed to ensuring that all education programs conducted by Ohio State University Extension are available to clientele on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, age, gender, identity, or expression, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or veteran’s status.

AFFILIATION

The Summit County Master Gardeners are affiliated with Ohio State University Extension, Summit County.

OSU Extension, Summit County
440 Vernon Odom Blvd.,
Akron, OH  44307

Mailing Address: 
Summit County Master Gardeners
P.O. Box 2452
Akron, Ohio  44309

Phone: 234-226-6634
Website: http://summit.osu.edu

BECOME A MASTER GARDENER

Thank you for your interest in Summit County’s Master Gardener program. Watch here for more information about a 2022 class in Summit County.  

To apply you must first set up an account with:
https://osu.handsonconnect.org/volunteer-sign-up

If you are having trouble setting up your account, please click here for further instructions.

After you set up an account, you will be sent a link for the Master Gardener application form.

The following is a program overview of OSU’s Master Gardener program. If you have more questions, please email us at mgsummitcounty@gmail.com.

Master Gardener Volunteer Basic Training

The process of becoming a Master Gardener begins with gathering information and attending training classes. Typically, training is held once per year. All potential volunteers will: (1) complete an application the online portal (2) have references collected by Extension professionals; (3) complete an interview; (4) submit to a criminal history fingerprint record check; and (5) agree to and sign the Volunteer Standards of Behavior form. In addition, each potential MGV receives a copy of the (6) Master Gardener Volunteer Program Policy Statement (7) agree to and sign the Master Gardener Volunteer Pest Management Information Policy and (8) agree to and sign the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting forms.

Topics covered in training include:

  • botany
  • soil
  • entomology
  • plant pathology
  • integrated pest management
  • plant propagation
  • houseplants
  • herbs
  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • woody and herbaceous ornamentals
  • invasive species
  • wildlife management in the garden
  • lawns

Focus is on learning basic horticultural skills in order to assist the gardening public. Volunteer opportunities are presented throughout the course. All information and techniques presented in the training program reflect results of the latest research conducted by the Ohio State University and other leading educational institutions.

Complete the Final Exam
Work alone or team up with fellow trainees to complete this comprehensive take-home test. Completion requires reference to the Master Gardener Training Manual, lecture notes, OSU Extension Fact Sheets and Bulletins, and various publications available in the Extension Resource Center.

Fulfill Your Volunteer Commitment
Volunteer opportunities abound! Share your horticultural knowledge with the community through established Master Gardener programs: devote some time to educating others (adult and child-oriented programs); represent the Master Gardener Program at home and garden shows, and other community events; answer questions phoned to the Horticultural Hotline; write for the Master Gardener newsletter; help physically or emotionally challenged people with horticultural therapy; and provide clerical or administrative support. Volunteering at approved Master Gardener activities my begin after you have completed the course. At this time, 50 volunteer hours are required to fulfill your commitment.

Receive Your Designation of Master Gardener
New Master Gardeners are recognized at our fall Harvest Fest. Now “official,” new Master Gardeners can look forward to advanced training, fun and interesting social events, and expanded volunteer opportunities.

Keep Going
To keep Master Gardener designation active, participants must fulfill yearly continuing education and volunteer requirements. The annual commitment includes 20 Volunteer Hours and 10 Continuing Education Hours, plus MG dues of $20.00, all due in November.

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