The Ohio State University Extension Lucas County will be celebrating its new location with an open house on Friday, November 17. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion and to learn more about the services and programs available to Lucas County residents. The event will be from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Toledo Botanical Garden, Metroparks Toledo, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo.

The open house includes remarks from area leaders, meeting OSU educators and staff, information on area programs such as master gardener volunteer, 4-H camp, pressure canner gauge testing, plus light refreshments.

  1. Celebrating Kindness in Ohio Communities

    Oct. 04, 2023

    Ohio State University Extension is celebrating “Urban October,” a worldwide campaign the United Nations launched to focus on the opportunities and challenges created by the fast rate of change in cities. The theme of Ohio’s monthlong campaign is “Celebrating Kindness in Ohio Communities.” This is OSU Extension’s third year participating in Urban October. In the coming years, the Extension team looks forward to collaborating with additional university and community partners to build on this foundation and foster local, state, national, and global connections.

  2. Spotted Lanternfly Resources

    Sep. 26, 2023

    Spotted Lanternfly Resources

    Spotted Lanternfly has been found in Lucas County, and sightings continue to be reported by residents. If you suspect you have seen SLF, please report your finding with a photo and then collect or stomp, smash or squish the insect. The insect is in the adult stage and the females are laying egg masses. The egg masses will winter over, as adults will be killed by freezing temperatures when they arrive later this year. 

    Managing their number one food preference is key in the management. 

  3. Mindful Mondays

    Sep. 19, 2023

    We are excited to offer an end of the year "Mindful Mondays" in the afternoon on the third Monday's of the month. This is free and open to all but we ask you to please register at

    Learn the basic principles of mindfulness and try a short, easy practice that you can use anywhere. You are not required to attend all the sessions, but you are welcome and encouraged to join as often as possible:

  4. Spotted Lanternfly - See It...Report It

    Sep. 11, 2023

    Spotted Lanternfly

    If you see this insect, we are asking that report it. 

    Reports can be made in one of the following ways:

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture

    The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) App

  5. 2024 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

    Sep. 11, 2023

    Classes for the 2024 Master Gardener Volunteer Program is scheduled to begin in February on the first Tuesday and run for 9 consecutive weeks.   The application process has begun in preparation for the 2024 class.  
  6. Basic Home Food Preservation: Deciding what's Best for You

    Aug. 29, 2023

    Although food preservation like canning, freezing, and drying is very popular in the summer with local vegetable garden and farm market produce, home food preservation can happen throughout the year. This introductory class will help you decide what works best for you and your kitchen. This class will cover basic food safety principles, review ways to safely preserve different types of foods and help you know where to access current information for successful home food preservation. 

  7. Green Industry Summer Session, August 9, 2023

    Jul. 25, 2023

    This year's Green Industry Summer Session will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at Owens Community College. 

    Presenters will include: Curtis Young, Chris Foley, Tyler Carr, Kathy Smith, Beth Scheckelhoff, and Amy Stone, with sessions covering turfgrass, plants and pests. Participants will receive an Ohio Forest Pest Field Guide. 

    Click below for the registration information that includes the program schedule:

  8. Tree Check Month

    Jul. 25, 2023

    This week's Garden Column in the Toledo Blade, did not have enough space to cover everything that I wanted. Here are the highlights, plus the added information that I thought you would find helpful as you dig deeper on each pest. 

  9. Spruces Woes

    May. 17, 2023

    Earlier this week, Amy Stone, our Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, authored a column in the Toledo Blade on What's Wrong With My Pine? This information is follow up to the information provided in the article for homeowners who want to dig a little deeper on the subject. 

    Toledo Blade, Garden Column

    Cytospora Canker

  10. Ohio Gardening Calendar

    Apr. 14, 2023

    Check out this garden resource to know what to plant when - Ohio Gardening Calendar

    This resource is part of the Ohio Victory Gardens. Additional resources and advice can be found at Ohio Victory Gardens - a collaborative program between OSU Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).