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 OSU Extension county 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 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; and developing community or demonstration gardens.

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at

Brochure Page One and Brochure Page Two

2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training:  Application deadline January 12, 2019

Shelby County Master Gardeners and OSU Extension, Shelby County are now accepting applications for 2019 volunteer training classes.  Ten day-long (9 – 4) sessions will be held at the Shelby County Agricultural Service Center on Thursdays, February 28 through May 2.  The cost of the training will be 110 dollars for those registering by December 28. After that the cost will be 150 dollars. The fee covers the training sessions, a comprehensive training manual, handouts, light snacks, a t-shirt, and other incidentals. 

2019 Training Announcement

2019 Master Gardener Volunteer General Description

The Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) role is to support OSU Extension, Shelby County in meeting the needs of our citizens in the area of consumer horticulture by assisting with educational programs, diagnosing plant problems, making cultural and pest management recommendations, and other various opportunities.

2019 MGV Program Description

2019 Master Gardener Application

2019 Master Gardener application Form-Shelby County