IS IT SPRING YET? – Gardening programs designed to get you in gear

Have a shovel that needs sharpened? Want to sharpen your knowledge of yard and garden plants? Geauga Park District naturalists are here for you this winter.


Mark your calendar to stop by The West Woods Nature Center for Bring In Your Garden Tools on Thursday, January 26, anytime between 1 to 3 p.m., and Naturalist Chris Mentrek will lead you in a pre-spring maintenance session. Be it a dull shovel, clippers that need cleaned, a trowel that needs mended, we’ll help you clean, sharpen and spruce-up your hand tools so you’re ready for the warm-up.


“This is our second year offering this program, and last year’s was a big success, as we found that many seniors have garden tools but not the tools required to maintain them,” Chris said. “For gardeners who are fighting the wintertime blues, garden-tool maintenance can be a real breath of fresh air. The truth is, during the busy gardening season, there’s plenty of tool maintenance chores that we just don’t have time to complete. That makes winter a great time for cleaning, sharpening and repairing before the resumption of spring acitivites.”


Fun fact: way back in Chris’ childhood, tuning up Mom and Dad’s garden tools was a standard winter chore for the Mentrek children, making this a program close to Chris’ heart.


Common Yard & Garden Weeds, meanwhile, is slated for Sunday, March 26, 1 to 2 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center. There, former Geauga Park District Naturalist Judy Barnhart, now presidents of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio, will help you identify some of those pesky weeds popping up in your garden or yard and lead you in your own identification process. This presentation, in partnership with the Native Plant Society, will also call out those families of weeds that are notorious for becoming aggressive, noxious or even aggressive.


Register for “Common Yard & Garden Weeds” at under Programs & Events, then March 26 on the calendar. The West Woods Nature Center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township.


For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.


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