Lake County Extension

Welcome to Lake County Extension

Office Hours 8 am- 5 pm M - F
Garden Hours 9 am - 4 pm M - F 
Third Saturday of Month 9 am - 4 pm

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Saturday in the Gardens

March 25 & 26Sixth Annual Landscape & Garden Fair.  10:00  a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Located at the UF/IFAS Extension Center in Tavares, Florida. The Fair will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The free fair will provide expert guest speakers on gardening topics such as roses, snakes and spiders, native plants, and more. Children’s activities include a butterfly release, children’s garden passport and scavenger hunt maze.  Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to meet with, and purchase goods from local merchants that specialize in landscaping, gardening, irrigation, horticulture, fertilizer and more. For more information.


Local Cuisine
From the Roots Up

Ever wonder where your food comes from? Join us as we explore the journey that your food takes on it’s way from the farm to your fork. Each session will provide an overview of agricultural production, selection tips, and cooking techniques. Classes will conclude with an opportunity to sample some tasty recipes. Time of day varies, all are at the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center.

March 14. 6pm Chicken and the Egg
April 13. 6pm Bountiful Blueberries
May 2. 6pm Get Your Grill On
August 19. 11am Creature Cuisine
September 16. 10am Fall into Veggies
October 17. 6pm Sweet as Can Bee
November 18. 10am Eat Your Greens
December 12. 6pm Cooking with Citrus

Water School Presentations

Watch the presentations from the Lake Sumter Water School below. This program was made possible by a grant from the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lake County Water Authority.

Climate Change and Water - Chris Martinez, UF/IFAS

Economics of Water - Tatiana Borisova, UF/IFAS

Keeping Nature Alive - James Hollingshead, St. Johns River Water Management District

Do We Have Enough?- David Sumner, US Geological Survey

Economic Development and Water - Pierce Jones, UF/IFAS

Florida Water Law - David Rathke, Southwest Florida Water Management District