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Meet Us in the Garden Series 

In 2021 the Lake County Master Gardener Volunteers will be partnering with the Mentor Public Library in hosting the Meet Us in the Garden series.

Depending on the COVID 19 status in March, we may still be doing virtual classes. When we are able to meet in person, we will be meeting at the Mentor Public Library, Main Campus.

Each session will consist of a short presentation followed by interactive demonstrations and/or discussions. When appropriate to the topic, small groups of participants will work with a Lake County Master Gardener Volunteer on a project.

Although the sessions are FREE, registration IS necessary. The full brochure can be viewed here.

To register, send us an email at or call the Helpline at 440-853-2634 and leave a message with your email. You will be sent a link the morning of the session to log in. If using your phone to view the session, be sure to download the Zoom Cloud Meeting app.

Saturday March 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM  

Nature’s Cues a.k.a. Phenology video– Would you like an accurate way to predict when a particular insect is apt to invade your yard or know when your lilacs will bloom? Learn what growing degree-days (GDDs) are and, while not perfect, why they are a more reliable method of predicting plant and insect development than calendar days.

Phenology handout     

March Gardening Tips and Books handout

Saturday April 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Victory Gardens in 2021 video– Create Victory over your fears and improve your health by starting a Victory Garden. We will define Victory Gardens, learn about their history, and explore best practices for starting a vegetable producing Victory Garden.

April Gardening Tips and Books handout

Soil Testing Form

Soil Testing Instructions

Saturday May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Children’s Gardens video- Create an appealing, inviting and entertaining experience for the small people in your life.

May handout

Children's Gardens handout

Saturday June 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Container Gardening video- What is it? The Do’s, Don’ts and How To’s. Demo included.

June handout

Container Gardening handout

June Books and Gardening Tips

Saturday July 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Grass is Not Always Greener video – Explore eco-friendly alternatives to green concrete. Consider increasing the diversity your property offers and support our native wildlife by thinking outside the turfgrass-box!

July Books and Gardening Tips

Eco Alternatives to Lawns

Saturday August 7, 2021 10:00 AM

Fall Vegetable Gardening video – Don’t abandon your veg garden just because the tomato production is waning. There is still lots to do in the garden. With a little planning, you can harvest well into winter. But, if you are done, there is still preparation to make next year’s garden even better. Let’s explore how to extend your season through protection and planting schedules as well as what to do now to have a better garden next year.

August Books and Gardening Tips

Saturday September 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Best Fall Flowers video – Discover and explore the variety of fall flowers for your landscape. Learn how to best select, plant and store fall flowers such as Dahlias, Cannas and Gladiolas.

Fall Blooming Plants

September Gardening Tips and Books


Saturday October 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Trees and Shrubs in the Home Landscape video- Choosing, planting and Maintenance practices to maximize plant vigor and aesthetics. Emphasis will be on care for newly planted and youthful trees. For flowering shrubs, the timing/ extent of pruning for bloom maximization and/or rejuvenation will be covered.

October Gardening Tips and Books

Street Trees of Ohio

Saturday November 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Holiday Flowers video – Selecting your Holiday plants is just as important as learning how to care for them once you have them home. Learning how to get them to rebloom will also be discussed.

November Gardening Tips and Books

Holiday Plants