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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 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.

 

 

September

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP)

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.

 

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.

 

November

Decorating With Pressed Flowers

Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 – 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.

 

December

Topiary Centerpieces

Saturday, December 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.

 

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.