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OSU Extension Office in Summit County will be closed temporarily.

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Scholarship Available

Posted by Jacqueline Kowalski at Feb 27, 2020. No Comments.

Established by Summit County Master Gardeners (SCMG) to provide scholarships to Summit County residents who are committed to attending an Ohio university and planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree in Horticulture, Agriculture or a closely related field.  Members and relatives of SCMG may apply. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Summit County
  • Pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Agriculture or a closely related field
  • Must attend or plan to attend an in-state institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A “personal interview” with the members of the SCMG committee may be required if application is accepted

How to apply:

Applicants must apply through the Akron Community Foundation online application system. Instructions and tutorials are available to help you set up your profile and navigate the system. See link below:


2020 Tour of Gardens

Posted by Lisa Treen at Jan 13, 2020. No Comments.

In light of the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the Summit County Master Gardeners Volunteers have made the decision to cancel the  2020 Tour of Gardens. This  decision was difficult to make but necessary at this time.  We anticipate being able to offer a tour in 2021 when all of us hope to be able to come together again to celebrate and recognize outstanding gardens in Summit County and the gardeners who create and love them.


Posted by cherylu at Dec 6, 2019. No Comments.

At their December 5 Holiday Program and Party presented by the Continuing Education Committee, Summit County Master Gardeners gathered to celebrate 25 years of gardening and educational experiences.  Since 1994, Summit County Ohio State University Extension Educators have trained 22 classes of Master Gardener Volunteers, resulting in 390 graduates!  Those graduates have served the community with over 109,858 volunteer hours.

At the event, former educators Jim Chatfield, Denise Ellsworth, via video Danae Wolfe, and current educator Jacqueline Kowalski related their memories and experiences. (To see Danae Wolfe’s YouTube video (click here).

In 2020, Master Gardener Volunteers will present three major public programs:  Design & Beyond, January 11; Saturday Gardening Series, February 29 and March 7; and the annual Tour of Gardens, June 27.

Look for details on this website for these and other programs.

Upcoming Garden Events, Tips, Soil Kits, Seed Sharing, Helpful Links, Herb Survey AND MORE.

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 ALSO, LOOK BELOW FOR UPCOMING MASTER GARDENER EVENTS…”MEET ME IN THE GARDEN” AT  F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. SPRINGFIELD LEARNING GARDEN COFFEE CHATS will resume at Lakefront Community Center located at 2491 Canfield Road at 9 am on dates listed below.

Meet Me In The Garden

Posted by cherylm at Dec 31, 2018. No Comments.

08 02 14_710208 02 14_710208 02 14_710208 02 14_7102Please join the Meet Me In The Garden committee for our free gardening  programs at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron.  

Our programs are on Wednesdays and start at 7:00 pm.     The Spring/summer programs will begin in May 27, 2020.   

April 22 – Cancelled due to park closure.

May 27 – Earth-Kind Rose Growing:  You don’t need to use lots of chemicals to grow beautiful roses. Learn how to grow and care for healthy roses using earth-kind techniques presented by Cal Schroeck, Consulting Rosarian, American Rose Society. 

June 24 – Gardening Myths and Legends:  Learn how to identify the gardening myths that have no foundation and the gardening legends that have stood the test of time presented by Eric Barrett, Extension Educator & Assistant Professor, Mahoning County Area Leader, College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, OSU.

July 22 – Backyard Ponds & Aquatic Plants:  Landscaping with ponds and fountains will transform your yard into a garden oasis. Learn about planning, building, maintenance, and plant choices for adding a garden water feature presented by Rick Reeves, Summit County Master Gardener.

August 26 – Proven Winners Sneak Peak for 2021 and Great for Fall Planting:  Doug will unveil NEW and exciting plants from Proven Winners for 2021 and will suggest great plants for fall planting in NE Ohio presented by Doug Parkinson, Proven Winners Account and Program Development, Four Stars Sales LLC.


Hope to see you there!


Posted by cherylu at Oct 20, 2018. No Comments.

Summit County Master Gardeners and the Vegetable Gardening Practicum Committee will be offering a new series of free Coffee Chats during the  2020 gardening season at the Lakefront Community Center located at 2491 Canfield Road, Akron 44312. All chats start at 9 am.

TO BE RESCHEDULED:  Seed Starting;  presented by Lee Paulson

TO BE RESCHEDULED:  Best Practices in Home Pesticide Use;  presented by Jacqueline Kowalski

TO BE RESCHEDULED:  Plan(t) to Maximize Yield; presented by Geoff Kennedy


All are welcome. Coffee will be provided.

Master Gardener Hotline

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The Master Gardener Hotline is  CLOSED THROUGH MAY 15


You can ask your gardening questions to a hotline volunteer by emailing us at mgsummitcounty@gmail.com

The Hotline is every Tuesday, from 9:00 am until noon, through October 27.
Call 234-226-6639.

You can also ask your gardening questions online!  Follow this link to the  “Ask a Master Gardener” website: http://extension.osu.edu/ask-an-expert/ask-master-gardener

Sign up to get email invitations to our public programs!

Posted by Geoff at Jan 30, 2014. No Comments.

Just click on the button to be added to our email list.  Then you will be sure to get information and invitations to our public programs and events, like Design & Beyond, the Saturday Gardening Series, and the Tour of Gardens.

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