Master Gardeners recruiting candidates for January training

Staff report

The Madison County Master Gardener volunteers are offering a 20-week training program in January for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners.

The classes will be offered on Thursday evenings, Jan. 21 through May 12.

According to training coordinator Barbara Myers, the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer program provides this intensive training in horticulture to prepare trainees to volunteer their time with educational program and activities for Ohio residents through the local OSU Extension 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, she said.

Working with county extension personnel, Master Gardener volunteers provide a variety of educational services including answering gardening questions from the public, school and library programs, fairgrounds beautification and gardening display, various workshops, gardening articles for the local media, a Heritage Tree awareness program, an annual plant sale, and demonstration gardens at London Elementary, the Gwynne Conservation Center and the extension office.

To learn more, interested candidates are encouraged to attend one of the following introductory sessions:

• London Public Library: Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, Oct. 21. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

• West Jefferson Library: Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1, 3 to 4 p.m.

• Plain City Public Library: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon

• Mt. Sterling Public Library: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Staff report