Calendar

Sep
6
Wed
Book Club @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Pack your lunch and enjoy lively conversation about:

Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren

September 6, 2017

Noon – 1:30 pm at the Civic Garden Center

RSVP NOT Required

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.

Lab Girl
is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Sep
8
Fri
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

September 8 – October 13, Mondays and Fridays, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. Designed to meet international best practice standards, the certification advances the establishment of sustainable communities by promoting GI as an environmentally and economically beneficial stormwater management option, supporting the development of proficient green workforces, and establishing a career path for skilled GI workers. This program meets every Monday and Friday for 11 classes. After successful completion of this 35 hour training, the NGICP exam will be administered in Cincinnati in November 2017 to residents that complete the training.  For more detailed information, please visit this website.

Private Sector registration – click here.

Utilities Sector registration – click here.

Sep
14
Thu
Garden Basics: Fall & Winter Maintenance of Flower and Vegetable Gardens @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Garden Basics: Fall & Winter Maintenance of Flower and Vegetable Gardens

Thursday, September 14, 11:30 am -1:00 pm
Instructor: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist & Jerry Luebbe, seasoned vegetable gardener
Cost: $15 (free for CGC Volunteers)
Lunch: Your invited to bring your lunch to eat while you learn!

Preparing your plants and beds for winter is important in maintaining the health of your plants and soil, as well as the aesthetics of the landscape in its dormant state. Fall and winter are key seasons for shrub and tree planting, seed collecting, feeding and other practices that send your garden into winter healthy, happy and ready for spring. This class covers the seasonal cycles of flower and vegetable gardens with an emphasis on building healthy soil, including the use of green manure crops and composting.  To register, click here.

Sep
16
Sat
Fall Family Fun @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fall Family Fun (families with children of all ages are welcome)

Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Cost: $5 per participant
Advance registration is appreciated but not required.

Drop in anytime between 10 am-noon to celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Civic Garden Center! Join us as we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. Families will embark on a seasonal scavenger hunt, create a craft with natural items and take home a set of activity cards.  To register, click here.

Oct
5
Thu
Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way Presented by Fergus Garrett @ Mercantile Library
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way

Presented by Fergus Garrett   

Thursday, October 5

5:00pm Reception

6:15pm Illustrated Lecture

$15.00 General Admission

$10.00 Mercantile Library or Garden Conservancy members

Mercantile Library

414 Walnut Street
11th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202

To register: Call 513-621-0717 OR email reservations@mercantilelibrary.com

Appointed in 1993 as Head Gardener of Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd, Fergus Garrett continues to keep the garden constantly changing throughout the season by trying out new plants and plant-combinations. Fergus believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student- and volunteer programs at Dixter and through worldwide lectures he gives every year. Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants native to Turkey. Among other honours, Fergus was given the Royal Horticultural Society Associate of Honour in 2008 and in 2015, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practise of horticulture.

Oct
14
Sat
Invasive Plant Removal & Indigenous Replacements: Transforming the Invasive Niche @ Civic Garden Center
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Solomon Gamboa, Pioneer Landscapes, LLC
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
This class will cover the best management practices for invasive plant removal including Tree of Heaven, Siberian Elm, Ornamental Pear, Bush Honeysuckle, Japanese Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, Privet, Burning Bush, Barberry, Garlic Mustard, Lesser Celadine, Canadian Thistle, Johnson Grass, and a few more. We’ll then cover how to best stabilize the niche opened up by the removal of these plants, utilizing aggressive native wildflower mixes mixed with site specific native trees/shrubs.*Please provide Civic Garden Center with your email address to receive post-class take home information detailing much of what we go over in the class plus linking you to much more vital information.  To register, click here.

Oct
28
Sat
Appalachian Applehead Dolls @ Civic Garden Center
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Cost: $15 per participant, registration is required
Learn and apply the traditional folk art of Applehead Dolls. Participants will be able to apply hands-on techniques to make and take their own Applehead to cure and enjoy for years to come. If you are a whittler at heart this is an opportunity to use your pocket knife and hone your skills. Examples will be on hand to glean inspiration as well as the bounty of the Civic Garden Center’s grounds and gardens to enhance your doll with nature findings. To register, click here.

Nov
8
Wed
Decorating with Pressed Flowers @ Civic Garden Center
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor:  Connie Booth

Cost: $15 (Advanced registration required by Wednesday, November 1st)
Create a fall decoration for your home or a hand-crafted gift at this new class. Adults and older children accompanied by an adult can choose from a variety of pressed flowers and leaves to make one-of-a-kind candles. Class fee includes two medium sized pillar candles and all supplies needed. Participants are welcome to bring up to three more candles and small boxes or other items from home to decorate during the class. To register, click here.

 

Dec
2
Sat
Topiary Centerpieces @ Civic Garden Center
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Connie Booth
Cost: $25 (Advanced registration required by Wednesday, November 22nd)
Set the holiday mood with a box wood topiary for table or sideboard. This centerpiece is created with a clay pot base and dowel for stem, topped with a globe of boxwood, and adorned with a lovely red velvet bow. Step-by-step instructions will be given along with care for extending its beauty through the holidays. *Participants need to bring pruning shears or heavy duty scissors for trimming the boxwood.*  To register, click here.

 

Dec
16
Sat
Winter Family Fun @ Civic Garden Center
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Winter Family Fun
(families with children of all ages are welcome)

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education CoordinatorCost: $5 per participant
Advance registration is appreciated but not required.

Drop in anytime between 10 am-noon to celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Civic Garden Center! Join us as we say goodbye to fall and welcome winter. Families will embark on a seasonal scavenger hunt, create a craft with natural items and take home a set of activity cards.  To register, click here.