Commercial Horticulture

The horticulture industry in Lorain amounts to $62,657,000 (2002 ODA Ag Statistics Annual Report) with most of the sales coming from nursery and green house crops.  Tree and small fruit also contribute a portion of that income.  Lorain ranks second in the state for horticulture crops.  The mild climate and lake sand ridges of Lake Erie contribute to some of the fine growing conditions.

Commercial Horticulture Programming for the EERA

Randy Zondag (Lake County) - Nursery, Landscape Maintenance

Programming for commercial horticulture clients include:

Green Industry Newsletter

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Floriculture Industry

The North Central Ohio area greenhouse industry is a large and vibrant contributor to the local economy and environment.  Information, programs and links for industry professionals are included on these pages.

Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL)

This weekly newsletter discusses insect, disease and cultural problems reported in Ohio.  BYGL is developed from a Tuesday morning conference call of extension educators, specialists and other contributors in Ohio.  There are 27 issues published during the growing season.  BYGL is available online from the Ohio State University Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS) in Virtual Perspective website.

BYGL is a service of OSU Extension and is aided by major support from the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA), with additional funding from the Ohio Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to the OSU Extension Nursery Landscape and Turf Team (ENLTT).

Diagnostic Services

Clients can send their samples directly to the C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic.  Fees vary depending upon type of samples and tests conducted.

Lorain County Extension operates an in-house diagnostic clinic by Master Gardener volunteers.  This clinic utilizes visual diagnostics only.  Forms can be requested from our office or downloaded as a PDF.  The quality of the diagnosis depends upon the quality of the sample.  Please provide a generous sample which includes both infected and non-infected tissues.  Samples can be mailed or dropped off at our office a fee of $5.00 per sample applies.  Master Gardener volunteers are available Monday's & Thursday's (May-October from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Since the office is limited with staffing, call ahead to see if a Master Gardener will be available to evaluate your sample.


The following programs are intended for commercial professionals.  These classes are not geared for the typical gardener, homeowner or hobbyists.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

Tree Survival School

March 26, 27, & 28, 2012
Holden Arboretum, Horticulture Science Center
Chardon Township, Kirtland, Ohio

Click on Tree Survival School for more information & registration form.

Tree Commission Academy 

City of University Heights - March 20 & 21, 2012 (Registration Deadline Feb. 28, 2012)

City of Strongsville - March 15, 22, 29, 2012 (Registration Deadline Feb. 29, 2012)

Tree Commission Academy Catalog        Registration Form



Links for Commercial Horticulture

Lake County Horticulture
ONLA-Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
OLA-Ohio Landscapers Association
OTF-Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
OPGMA-Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association
Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic
ODA-Ohio Department of Agriculture
EPA Worker Protection Standard
Ohio State University Pesticide Education Program


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