Classes

Community Gardens Development Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation. To apply to the program click here.  For a list of CGDT classes click here.

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May

Herban Cooking Series: Through the City Herb Garden

Herbs in Drinks, the Secret Ingredients Behind your Refreshment

Wednesday, May 10, 6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen St. Clair, Educational Culinary Instructor and Owner of In the Field
Cost: $35
Learn how to pair herbs and identify them through your sense of smell. We will explore making herby cocktails and teas. Leave with your own tussy mussy (a little bouquet to wear and smell all day)!  To register, click here.

 

Nibble and Munch, Garden Snacks

Wednesday, May 17, 6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen St. Clair, Educational Culinary Instructor and Owner of In the Field
Cost: $35
Combine fresh ingredients with one of the greatest joys, snacking! Learn the formula to create bites with any seasonal/local ingredients. Leave with your own personally designed recipe. Snacking never felt so good!  To register, click here.

 

A Sweet Tooth’s Dreams

Wednesday, May 24, 6:00-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen St. Clair, Educational Culinary Instructor and Owner of In the Field
Cost: $35
Learn how to give your sweet treats a special twist. Turn any average recipe into an exciting walk in the herb garden! We will make simple and fast desserts by adding herbal flavor and complexity. Limitless possibilities are available with just a few basic recipes. Give your sweet tooth layers of flavor.  To reigster, click here.

 

June

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!

 

Garden Basics: Keeping your garden looking great all summer

Thursday, June 15, 11:30 am -1:00 pm
Instructor:  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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

July

Indigenous Herbs & Edible Plants for the Home Landscape

Saturday, July 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.

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.

 

August

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.

 

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.

 

September

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

Thursday, September 14, 11:30 am -1:00 pm
Instructor: 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.

 

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.

 

October

Invasive Plant Removal & Indigenous Replacements: Transforming the Invasive Niche

Saturday, October 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.

 

Appalachian Applehead Dolls

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.

 

December

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.