Consumer Horticulture

Services and programs are provided throughout the year to consumers in Lorain County.



More programs will be posted as available.

Master Gardener

Master Gardener Training is taught in Cuyahoga County each winter. This intense ten week course in horticulture is geared to train gardeners in many areas of horticulture for their own self development and for volunteer service with the Extension office.  Botany, propagation, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, turf and fruit are just a few of the topics covered in depth during the 60 hours of training.

Diagnostic Services

Samples can be mailed or dropped off at our office.  Since we have a busy schedule, call ahead to see if staff will be available to evaluate your sample.  Access to complete diagnostic lab is available from C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic.  Fees vary by type of sample and tests requested.  Soil Testing Forms and information on submitting soil tests are available through our office or you can download the form from the UMass Soil Testing Lab.

Speakers Bureau

The Lorain County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau is a public service program dedicated to providing quality horticulture information.

Adult Presentations

Adult Programs - Speaker Request Form

Adult Compost Programs - Speaker Request Form

Children Presentations

Children Programs - Speaker Request Form

Children Compost Programs - Speaker Request Form

Horticultural Help Line

The Master Gardener Help Line operates every Monday and Thursday from 10:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m. during the growing season (May - October).  A recording offering monthly gardening tips is available during Help Line office hours.

The Help Line Recording Tips is available 24 hours a day by calling 440-326-5862.


These are one to three pages of information on a single gardening topic.  Factsheets are available online or through our office.


These are magazine length publications available through OSU Extension.  Bulletins are available online.  However, hard copies are available for a fee and can be requested through our office.

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County Horticulture News
Most gardens are planted by now, but homeowners will continue to fill in spots, replace plants and tweak the landscape. Garden centers are still well stocked with plant material to do so. However, as landscapes begin to mature, so do the insect and disease pests that feed on them. For instance, the fungal disease, anthracnose, has already caused major defoliation in sycamore, ash and oak trees.
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Perennial & Landscape Plants for Ohio
Our office has a couple of books that might be of interest to you for sale. Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association put together two books that focus on Perennial Plants and Landscape Plants for Ohio.
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