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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
18
Tue
Community Gardens Tour @ Civic Garden Center
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our 33rd annual Community Gardens Tour on Tuesday, July 18th, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  We will meet at the Civic Garden Center and hop on buses for a tour that includes four gardens this year:  Julie Hanser,  Concord Street, West McMicken Community Gardens and Frederick Douglass School Garden.

Reservations are $25.00 per person and can be made by clicking 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.

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.