Mill Creek MetroParks staff recently made the decision to postpone the 2016 Master Gardener Series. Last year’s, and now this year’s, participation is the lowest in the program’s history. The decline in attendance is attributed in part to the fact that The Ohio State University’s Mahoning County Extension office offers a very similar program that happens around the same time.
Fellows Riverside Garden staff has been working for the past year to improve the content and the scheduling of these classes to gain greater interest. It is the staff’s goal to ensure that the quality of the programming remains top-notch while working to develop partnerships in the community in an effort to eliminate any duplication of services.
The Advanced Master Gardener Series will proceed as previously planned. Anyone interested in a 2016 Master Gardener Program is encouraged to contact Eric Barrett at The Ohio State University’s Mahoning County Extension office. We look forward to the return of this program at Fellows Riverside Garden in 2017!