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.

Master Gardeners add tremendous value to our communities. Click here to see how Master Gardeners contribute in Ohio as well as Hancock County.

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at

If you have a question for Master Gardeners, click on Ask an Expert on the right side of this page.

Edwin Lentz, Ag & Natural Resources Extension Educator, is currently serving as Program Coordinator for OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Hancock County.

OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Hancock County are a wonderful active group of individuals with a vast amount of experience and knowledge to share. They definitely live up to their motto of "Gardening is our Passion, Education is our Purpose".

The Master Gardener program is part of Extension Outreach in consumer horticulture for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Call 419-422-3851 with questions or drop samples off at OSU Extension Hancock (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm). Inquires are forwarded to Master Gardener Volunteers for response.