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The Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Medina County is a growing group of active volunteers for The Ohio State University Extension that provide educational programming and outreach to the community.  Working with county Extension personnel, MGV's provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting workshops; providing select community service; programming with children, seniors, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing demonstrations; participating in citizen science research; and other horticultural activities.

Our impact areas are:
  • Thriving Across the Life Span
  • Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Environmental Quality
  • Health and Wellness
  • Job Skills and Careers

What are some of the Medina Master Gardener Projects?

Horticulture Research Line: we help answer your garden questions

Citizen Science Projects at our Phenology Garden

Annual Spring Workshop

Indoor and Outdoor Garden Chats

Assisting Feeding Medina County Community Garden


Earth Day

Speakers' Bureau... and more!


Horticulture Research Line

Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions April through October.  

Volunteers do their best to research your question and find you reliable, un-biased, research-based information.  Please allow up to 1 week for volunteers to research your garden problems.  In the event we cannot determine the cause of the plant issue, you have the option of using the Ohio State Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Columbus.  For a $20 fee, pathologists will culture your plant to determine if disease is present and what, if any, steps can be taken to improve the health of your plant.

  • Call 330-725-4911


  • Stop into our office at 4046 Medina Rd., Medina, OH 44256 to talk to a volunteer in person.  You can also bring samples of your plant or a mystery bug, and we will try to Identify and find information on it. 

DOWNLOAD HOTLINE FORM - Master Gardener Volunteers will ask you to fill out a diagnostic form to give them more information about your plant or insect problem.  If you are bringing a sample in, you can save time by downloading and filling out this form in advance.

Think you might be interested in becoming a volunteer?
  • You do NOT have to be a gardening expert! 

  • You just need a passion for learning about nature, gardening, or the outdoors and a willingness to share that information with the public through volunteerism!

  • Those interested MUST complete our training, one day a week, typically 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. or evening classes 6-9pm.

  • After training, interns must complete 50 hours of approved volunteerism for Ohio State University in the first year before they can be certified as Master Gardeners.

  • After becoming certified, volunteers must complete at least 20 hours of volunteerism and 10 hours of continuing education each year to maintain and renew certification. 

In Medina County, Master Gardener Volunteers are trained in the summer/fall of ODD YEARS.  

COST OF TRAINING is $250.00 per person.  This covers 12 to 16 class sessions, class manual, tree ID booklet, magnifying loup, and speaker fees and mileage. ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE!

Find Out More:
Medina County MGV Program Quick Facts
Medina County Master Gardener Brochure

 Application Process

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The process is an application to volunteer with OSU, followed by an interview and references.  Then we select our new class attendees.  We host the training in summer, beginning in July-August.  We meet once a week around Medina County at various locations and have classroom training coupled with hands-on or outdoor activities.  Past trainings usually run Wednesdays from 9:30a – 3:30p through the end of October.  Training covers botany, soils, entomology, annual and perennial plants, tree ID, plant pathology, pollinators, turf, veggies and fruits, and more.  



Speaker's Bureau

The Master Gardener Volunteers are accepting new requests.

Past Speakers' Bureau Requests have included:

·       Composting and Vermicomposting

·       Fall or Spring Garden Prep

·       Seed Saving, Bulb Growing

·       Dividing Plants

·       Native Wildflowers

·       Garden Tool Care

·       Backyard Gardens: raised bed, container, lasagna, straw-bale

·       Invasive Species


Please contact Ashley Kulhanek at for additional information or new speaker requests. Then a Master Gardener Speaker Coordinator will be assigned to your request to ensure all goes smoothly for your requested talk.