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!

The Allen County Master Gardener’s primary project in Allen County is the Children’s Garden located between the museum and the library located in downtown Lima. With several mini-themed garden areas and art inspired by local children, the garden provides a safe and educational environment for families. We have over 40 volunteer members that have maintained the garden since 1996. The Allen County Master Gardeners with the Children’s Garden provides a safe, enriching environment that fosters a child’s spirit of discovery, love of learning, and joy of exploration through hands-on educational programs and community wide events and celebrations.

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at or you can call our office at 419-879-9108.