Master Gardeners plan training

Staff report

SIDNEY — Ohio State University Extension Shelby County and Shelby County Master Gardeners are planning their 2017 Master Gardener training program.

The training is tentatively scheduled for nine consecutive Thursdays, March 2 through April 27, at the Shelby County Agricultural Service Center, 810 Fair Road. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Training is open to interested residents of Shelby and surrounding counties.

The deadline to register is Jan. 13.

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 Ohio State University Extension county offices. 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; or developing community or demonstration gardens.

The cost of the training is $150, with a $50 refundable deposit due upon return of the application. The fee covers presenters, a comprehensive training manual, handouts, a shirt and light snacks. OSU Extension also requires an online criminal background check. The training will be provided by some of OSUE’s top experts, as well as some local Master Gardeners. Upon completion of the training sessions, the trainees will become Master Gardener interns and will be expected to provide 50 hours of volunteer service during the coming year.

For information or to obtain a registration packet, visit 810 Fair Road, call 498-7239, or email

Staff report