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

The Defiance County Master Gardener training classes are held on Thursdays for 9 weeks, starting in March. The classes are scheduled from 9am-4pm with an hour lunch. The cost of the class is $100. Couples who wish to share a training manual may do so for an extra $50. Each class member is required to have an on-line background check at their own cost.