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Jun
8
Thu
School Garden Development 101 @ Civic Garden Center
Jun 8 @ 3:30 am – 5:00 am

School Garden Development 101

Thursday, June 8, 9 am-3:30 pm
Instructor: Mary Dudley, School Garden Coordinator
Cost: Free for teachers

This training is for teachers, parents, and community members who wish to start a school garden. The training is a full day of learning the design process for a socially and ecologically diverse garden. We share ideas and examples from other schools, teach basic gardening and composting skills, and model gardening lessons you can use in the classroom. After participating in the training you are enrolled in our School Garden Network, giving your school access to free seeds, consultations from our staff, our monthly School Garden Calendar, and notifications of upcoming events in our School Garden Workshop Series. Join the 80+ youth gardening programs in Greater Cincinnati by partnering with the Civic Garden Center to help your students grow!

Jun
15
Thu
Garden Basics: Keeping your garden looking great all summer @ Civic Garden Center
Jun 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Garden Basics: Keeping your garden looking great all summer

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

The work you do in the garden all summer not only contributes to its beauty, but also can be pivotal in ensuring the health of your plants. This class covers such topics as watering and water conservation measures, pruning, feeding, common pest and disease issues, and other seasonally appropriate topics for flower, tree, scrub and vegetable gardens. Time permitting we’ll troubleshoot your individual growing issues. To register, click here.

Jun
17
Sat
Summer Family Fun @ Civic Garden Center
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Saturday, June 17, 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 spring and welcome summer. 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.

Jun
24
Sat
Home Grown Herbs: Infused Vinegars @ Civic Garden Center
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Home Grown Herbs: Infused Vinegars

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Instructors: Carisa Hund-Bunten, 7th Street Gifts & Bennett Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $20 per participant, registration is required
Make and take your own flavorful and beautiful infused vinegar to enhance your kitchen and cooking flavors.  Reap the bounty of the Civic Garden Center harvest and use fresh cut flowers, herbs, and spices to infuse your very own vinegars. Participants will enjoy a tasting, access to fresh ingredients from the garden, and take home their very own food grade, shelf stable, ready to use vinegar as well as recipes and inspiration to continue infusing on your own. Also learn what plants to include on your 2017 seed list and tips for growing. To register, click here.

Jul
15
Sat
Indigenous Herbs & Edible Plants for the Home Landscape @ Civic Garden Center
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Solomon Gamboa, Pioneer Landscapes, LLC
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

This class will introduce you to commercially or locally available indigenous plants with herbal/medicinal qualities and/or edible qualities (roots, stems, leaves, fruits, seeds, nuts). Indigenous people were well fed off native plants, and each tribe developed medicinal understanding of the how to apply native plants to illnesses. Expect to gain insights into the hows, wheres, whats, and whens.*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.

Jul
29
Sat
Create Your Signature Scent @ Civic Garden Center
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Create Your Signature Scent

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Cost: $20 per person, registration required

Combine single-essence botanicals to create your own unique blend of fragrance. We’ll apply perfumery techniques of top, middle and base note blending as well as using “anchoring” scents to form a long lasting foundation that sustains and carries your custom made signature scent.  Participants will have access to apothecary quality droppers, bottles, and carrier oils as well as therapeutic grade absolutes and essential oils to blend, explore, and create. Once your signature scent has been created,  apply it as a personal perfume, an all-natural house-linen spray, diffusing oil, bath and body enhancements, etc. The list goes on and on for the many areas and ways that your signature scent can be enjoyed and incorporated into your daily routine. To register, click here.

Aug
2
Wed
Master Composter Series @ Civic Garden Ceneter
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Master Composter Series

Prerequisite: Successful passage of pre-test (knowledge available during one of Civic Garden Center’s Basic Composting classes or Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District class)
Dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 9am-3:30 pm
Cost: $30 per participant
Class size is limited. Registration is required.

Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training. You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment. To register, click here.

Aug
9
Wed
Abundant Tomatoes: Taste Test, Save Seeds, Keep Plants Healthy @ Civic Garden Center
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Abundant Tomatoes: Taste Test, Save Seeds, Keep Plants Healthy

Wednesday, August 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, President – Cincinnati Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers (CHOPTAG)
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

Join us for a tomato taste test in the height of the season to sample a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes. Pick up ideas for which varieties to grow next year and how to use them in your kitchen. Learn the art of tomato seed saving so you can pass on your own heirloom seeds. Take home strategies for keeping your plants growing strong into the fall.  To register, 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.