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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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.



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.



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.


Greens Gatherings

Join us for a CGC annual event! Bring your pruners, wire-cutters and scissors and we’ll provide a bundle of fresh cut greens, some warm refreshments and holiday spirit. A limited quantity of extra greens, novelties and ribbon will be available for purchase. Cost: $30 per class; registration is limited so reserve your spot early!  Choose from these three classes:

Bring Your Own Container

Friday, December 8, 1:00-3:00 pm 
Whether your container is an old family favorite, found item or recent purchase, Connie Booth will help you channel your inner artist to visualize and realize a beautiful table decoration. With special attention being given to mechanics and structural elements, the sky is the limit for accents you would like to bring and include in your work.  Click here to register.

Table Arrangements

Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am – Noon
Enjoy the friendly pace and individual attention from Sue Trusty as you construct a holiday arrangement in your own container.  Click here to register.

Wreaths and Swags

Saturday, December 9, 1:00-3:00 pm
Your neighbors will be “green” with envy when they see your beautiful door decoration! We provide greens, seasonal berries, frames, mechanics and expert instruction from Sue Trusty. Feel free to bring any embellishments to suit your taste or décor. Click here to register.


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

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Instructor: Ellie Falk, 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.