This unique training program provides a balanced, integrated and practical course in plant science. Core topics that are part of the training in every county for the Master Gardener Program:

      • Basic Botany
      • Plant Physiology
      • Soils and Soil Fertility
      • Basic Entomology
      • Basic Plant Pathology
      • Plant Diagnostics
      • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
      • Pesticide Use and Safety
      • Plant Identification
      • Home Lawn Care
      • Annuals
      • Perennials
      • Trees and Shrubs
      • Home Vegetable Production
      • Home Fruit Production
      • Plant Propagation

The added bonus is increased horticultural knowledge, which class members will learn for their own benefit, as well as for the benefit of their local communities.  Qualifying students will be taught, during the 14 weeks of class, for over 50 hours on a variety of science-based horticulture and plant topics.  Each student will be required to donate back, within one year, 50 hours of volunteer effort where they will share their newly acquired plant knowledge.  Upon completion of all these class and volunteer requirements, they can qualify to become a fully certified Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener.

Classes are held every other year and will be on Thursdays from 10am-3:30pm from February through mid-May. The fee for the program is $250 (collected after accepted into the program). This will cover all books, materials, handouts, and travel costs for speakers.

The application deadline is November 20, 2023 for the 2024 classes. If you are interested in submitting an application to be considered for the 2024 classes, please fill out an application below.

Drop off your application at our office located at 14269 Claridon Troy Road, Burton, M-F from 8am - 4:30pm or mail to: OSU Extension, P.O. Box 387, Burton, OH 44021.  If you have any questions, you can contact us at 440-834-4656.

Master Gardener Volunteer Position Description

Master Gardener Volunteer Program Policy

Master Gardener Volunteer Application