OSU Extension MGV and Mongtomery County Soil and Water
Pictured:  OSUE Master Gardener Volunteers, and Montgomery County Soil and Water

Ohio State University Extension, Montgomery County MGV's collaborate with Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum

"We spent a wonderful morning this week with Ohio State University Extension Montgomery County Master Gardener Volunteers, Maura Boesch and Karen Veve.  The two of them designed the planting plans for five native plant beds and came out to help the staff layout the actual planting.

These beds are located between the bridge entrance and the south exit drive.  In the years to come these plants will not only be beautiful throughout the growing season, but will also provide valuable habitat for many pollinators.  

Article and Photo provided by:  Mark A. Davis, General Manager, Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum

Picture of Maura Boesch and Karen Veve at the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum

How to become a Master Gardener Volunteer:  UPDATE

The rolling enrollment of the hybrid MGV program will end June 1st. Those interested in the program will be able to apply October 1-December 31, 2023. Those that enter at that time will be considered as the fall 2023 intern class.

The Master Gardener Volunteer training offers a face-to-face program through Miami County Extension, and a hybrid online program in Montgomery County consisting of online modules, hands-on labs, and either a presentation project or a field-based project approved by the ANR Extension Educator.  Interns are expected to attend a virtual orientation and a minimum of 5 labs but can pick and choose either by topic or date. The cost of the training is $150.00.

Basic Training topics are basic botany, soils, fertilizer and compost, entomology, plant pathology, integrated pest management, plant propagation and houseplants, lawn care, home herb, vegetable and fruit production, backyard wildlife management, pollinators, and other topics of county interest.

Working with county Ohio State Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide educational services to their communities.  If you are a garden enthusiast, this is a great opportunity to share your gardening know-how and skills with others in your community.

For information on the face-to-face program in Miami County, email: ANR Educator, Amanda Bennet at bennett.709@osu.edu

For information on the hybrid online program in Montgomery County, contact ANR Educator Leeoria Willis-Burritt at willis.615@osu.edu or call 937-224-9654.


YouTube Climate Change Series!

In association with the South Centers, OSU Extension's own Thomas Blaine, PhD, has initiated a video series on YouTube called Earth is our Home.  The first episode is an introduction to climate change and is ready to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbqnXFk1Rx8

New episodes will come about every three weeks and will be in 30 min. installments.


To view a Zoom presentation click on a link below:


8/11/21 Alyssa Essman:  Weed ID & Ecology Handout

6/9/21 Timothy McDermott, DVM: The State of Ticks in Ohio


5/12/21 J.T. Benitez:  Mosquitoes & Chiggers - No Friend To Me!


3/14/21 Joe Boggs: What's Happening in the Landscape: an Update on Tree and Shrub Pests and Diseases

https://cicadasafari.org/ Cicada Safari Link (Homepage)


3/24/21 Dr. David Gardner: Spring Lawncare Strategies for Homeowners


2/10/21 Alyssa Zearley:  Urban Soil Investigation  


1/26/21 Aaron Wilson:  Climate Change Impacts on Gardening and Agriculture in SW Ohio

Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program in Montgomery Co.

Anyone that wants to learn more about plants and gardening, is eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program, enjoys sharing their knowledge with others, has the time to devote to the program and a desire to serve their community may join the program.  Applicants must contact Leeoria Willis-Burritt at willis.615@osu.edu or call 937-224-9654, then complete the steps listed under Master Gardener Application Process and pay all related fees in order to qualify for the program.