Classes

Community Garden Development Training

This series of classes (CGDT) begins in November and runs through the winter to get you ready for next spring.

Participants in CGDT classes must complete and submit an application. For the list of the CGTD classes click here.

 

Professional Development Series**

Whether you’re a green industry professional seeking CEUs or an individual interested in learning more about sustainable architecture and reducing human impact on the environment, this series is for you! This set of classes will focus on The Living Building Challenge (LBC) – one of the newest green building rating systems. The LBC is a building certification program, advocacy tool, and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. A variety of experienced live instructors will provide engaging presentations related to the seven performance categories of the LBC known as Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Classes begin in April and will be hosted every other month in 2015. Stay tuned for postings and register for individual sessions listed below.

** after title indicates a class in this series

 

Baby Greens

We are offering the Baby Greens classes to families with children from birth to age 4.  The Classes will provide young children with opportunities to grow as they explore the world of plants at the Civic Garden Center!  Monthly classes will each have a different focus based on seasonal changes. The cost is $5.00 per participant and advance registrationis appreciated.

 

Junior Gardeners

Kids from 5 – 15 will learn about all things gardening.  Classes will feature a different aspect each month with hands on activities included.  Participants should wear clothing appropriate for outdoors and seasons.  The cost is $5.00 per participant and advance registrations are appreciated.

School Garden Workshop Series

The following training sessions are offered free of charge to all interested educators.  Each session will have a table of free resources and certificates for continuing education units.  Advanced registration is appreciated but not required.

 

January

CGDT Series – Botany for Vegetable Gardeners & Seed Starting

Tuesday, January 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Instructors: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator & Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator
Part1: Basic Botany: Learn the environmental conditions needed for healthy plant growth, the function of
roots, stems and leaves, and a basic understanding of photosynthesis and respiration.
Part 2: Seed Starting: Learn the process of starting plants from seed indoors and out. Click here to register.

Essential Oils 101

Thursday, January 28, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, 7th Street Gifts Owner
Cost: $25 per participants, ages 13+up

Learn about essentials oils – where they come from, how they are made, and how to safely and effectively use them.  Using a hands-on approach, work with essential oils to create blends using the top, middle, and base note approach. Learn how to properly use essential oils to create a more natural healthy lifestyle, and take home a “starter kit” with three essential oil inhalers. The three-part inhaler kit encompasses body, mind, and spirit; using essential oils known to facilitate healing and alleviate pain, hone in on focus and concentration, and elevate moods.  There will be many child-safe recipes.  Inhalers are a practical, safe approach to essential oil use, and a great way to start. Click here to register.

 

February

CGDT Series — Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Tuesday, February 2, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Instructors: Dave Koester, Campbell County Extension Agent
This course will provide a great introduction to growing vegetables without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Topics will include what to plant when, seasonal considerations for maintenance, selecting varieties, intensive gardening, succession planting and companion planting techniques. Click here to register.

CGDT Series – Thriving Garden Practices

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator & Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Part 1: The class will discuss composting practices for your garden space.
Part 2: Crop rotation, beneficial insects, and mulching. Click here to register.

Introduction to Edible + Ecological Landscape Design

Thursday, February 11, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: John Hemmerle, Owner + Designer of Our Land Organics, LLC
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Interested in moving beyond Taxus and Boxwoods around your home? Winter is a great time to plan your landscape. Join us for an introduction to designing your yard with edible and useful plants.  Not only can plants perform aesthetically; they can provide ecological services like cleaner air, pollination and erosion control. We will cover basic design principles and case studies for the home landscape. Come learn how to begin making your yard beautiful and abundant.  Click here to register.

Baby Greens Family Class: Tree Hugs (ages birth-4)

Tuesday, February 16 10:00-11:00 am
Class size is limited. Advance registration is appreciated but not required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Cost: $5 per participant
Help us hug a few trees as they wake up from their long winter sleep. Click here to register.

CGDT Series – Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition & Food Preparation

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors: Lauren Niemes Lancaster M.Ed., R.D., L.D. Nutrition Council, Children’s Home of Cincinnati & Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

The class will provide an overview about the nutritional benefits of eating a healthy diet including fresh whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Greg Potter will discuss in-garden and in-kitchen techniques to preserve your garden harvest including a vegetable fermentation demonstration. Click here to register.

Solar Energy: Harness the Sun to Power Your Garden

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jacob Lucia, SonLight Power, Inc.     
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Solar energy is one of the most talked-about alternative energy sources in the world today, and it has a wide range of cost-effective applications for everyday living. Solar-powered devices can serve many basic functions for the backyard gardener or small-scale grower. This class provides an overview of solar technology, how solar modules work, and will demonstrate a spectrum of products available on the market for gardeners including solar powered lighting, rainwater harvesting, fencing, food preservation, and more. Click here to register.

Garden Basics: Get your garden growing

Thursday, February 18, 11:30- 1:00 pm
Instructor: Bennett O. Dowling, Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Lunch: You’re invited to bring your lunch to eat while you learn!
As spring approaches, important work must be done in the garden to ensure its health and beauty throughout the growing season. Late winter and spring are also great times to plan and plant gardens. This class covers seasonally appropriate work such as pruning and working soil, as well as planting and seed sowing. Click here to register.

School Garden Workshop:  Saving Seeds

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 3:30 – 5pm

Presenter:  Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator at the Civic Garden Center.  To register call 513-221-0981.

Junior Gardeners Family Class: Gardening for Birds (ages 5-15)

Saturday, February 20, 10:30 am-noon
Class size is limited. Advance registration is appreciated but not required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Cost: $5 per participant
Not all birds are enjoying warm weather after migrating. Learn how we can help Ohio birds in our gardens and make a feeder to take home. Click here to register.

Plan a Vegetable Garden

Thursday, February 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, seasoned vegetable gardener
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden this year? This course will introduce the basics of planning a successful garden. Topics to be covered include site selection, soil preparation, choosing what you want to grow, what to plant where, when to plant and harvest different crops and strategies for keeping your plants healthy throughout the season (watering, crop rotation, companion plants). Click here to register.

Introduction to Organic Land Care for the Home

Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: John Hemmerle, Owner + Designer of Our Land Organics, LLC
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Did you know the average homeowner uses 10 times more chemical fertilizer and pesticides per acre than conventional farmers use on farmland?  Not only is this financially and environmentally costly, it is also completely unnecessary.  Join John Hemmerle, owner and designer of Our Land Organics, as he explores the principles of organic land care and how to apply them to your own yard and garden. You will learn how to reduce your yard-care costs and your work-load by utilizing natural systems that are already at work in your yard.  You will walk away with actionable tips to begin this season.  Click here to register.

Creating a Bird Friendly Backyard

Saturday, February 27, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Instructor: Jill Russell, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology
Cost: Free, reservations required

Few things are more comforting than the happy chirping of birds in an attractively landscaped yard. Learn how the dietary needs of birds change throughout the year and how this diet directly relates to the nutrients available in native plants and water features.  Keeping track of which birds visit your yard will tell you if you have the right food available for them.  Join Jill Russell in an exploration of common Cincinnati yard birds, how to attract them, and how to keep them happily singing. To register email Gala.Erland@mjs.edu or call 513-244-4411

 

 

March

Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers for the New Edible Landscape

Tuesday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Trusty, University of Cincinnati, Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (UC course open to the public, free for CGC volunteers)
Blended gardens that incorporate ornamentals and edibles look amazing, create community and are trendy. A diverse garden with many different species of plants is resistant to pests, supports wildlife, attracts pollinators, and can improve the soil. Learn the best vegetables, herbs, and flowers to incorporate into the landscape, including unusual varieties you must grow at home, native plants, perennial vegetables and shade tolerant edibles. Click here to register.

Homegrown Tomatoes

Thursday, March 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor:  Jerry Luebbe, President – Cincinnati Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers (CHOPTAG)
Cost:  $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Do you want something better than grocery store tomatoes? This class is a great guide for both the experienced tomato gardener in quest of the perfect tomato and for the beginning tomato grower just getting started. We’ll talk about Hybrid, Heirloom, Open-Pollinated, and Self-Pollinated tomato types. Other topics will include origin & history, soil fertility, seed and plant variety selection, starting plants from seeds, growing & harvesting, pests, saving seeds, seed and plant suppliers. Click here to register.

Baby Greens Family Class: Spring Fling (ages birth-4)

Tuesday, March 15, 10:00-11:00 am
Class size is limited. Advance registration is appreciated but not required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Cost: $5 per participant
It’s almost spring and the plants are waiting for sunshine. We will walk the garden and say hello to the flowers. Click here to register.

Fruits for the Sustainable Edible Landscape

Tuesday, March 15, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Trusty, University of Cincinnati, Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (UC course open to the public, free for CGC volunteers)
Would you grow strawberries, currants, gooseberries, serviceberries, elderberries, pawpaw, persimmon, and other fruit and nut trees if you knew they were easy to care for, tastier than store bought, and looked terrific in the landscape? Sue Trusty will discuss which fruits to grow for minimal negative impact on our environment, how to choose and prepare the best site for your fruits, which fruits and cultivars perform well here, and where to buy good-quality plants. After a short break, Sue will continue with maintenance information for fruit growers, including pruning and training, conventional and organic pest control, fertilizing, watering and harvesting. Attend one or both sessions!  Click here to register.

 

The Water Petal: Rationale and Strategies for Creating a Net-Positive Water Building and Landscape

Friday, March 18, 2016, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Instructor: David Whittaker, LEED AP, Living Future Accredited, Human Nature, Inc.
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
Credits: Approved for 1 AIA LU and 1 GBCI CE Credit
Join us for an in-depth overview of the Water Petal, one of the seven regenerative categories (or Petals) that define the Living Building Challenge (LBC).  This course will discuss the intent and rationale behind the Water Petal and illustrate how the LBC can help us generate places that effectively manage and use all rainwater that falls on a site and/or building.  The informative and inspirational presentation will include an in-depth look at real-life examples and case studies. Click here to register.

Junior Gardeners Family Class: Super Seeds (ages 5-15)

Saturday, March 19, 10:30 am-noon
Class size is limited. Advance registration is appreciated but not required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Cost: $5 per participant
It’s time to plant our spring garden. Join us to learn how to grow delicious foods from seed and take home your own starter kit!  Click here to register.

Fabulous Containers: Edible and Ornamental

Tuesday, March 29, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist & Ali Burns, Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Are you interested in gardening but lack a yard? There are plenty of plants you can grow in containers… on a roof, balcony, stoop or even indoors. Learn the basics of keeping container plantings healthy and fresh throughout the seasons. We will dive into how to design both ornamental and edible containers for visual, olfactory and taste appeal.  Click here to register.

Green your Spring Cleaning

Thursday, March 31, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Cost: $20 per participant, registration is required
Learn how to take the chemicals out of your cleaning routine this spring by replacing them with natural products that work. In this hands-on workshop, each participant will make and take a green cleaning supply “kit” to kick off spring cleaning naturally. You’ll leave with the knowledge and practice to make refills at home using hand-crafted grated soaps, waxes and essential oils. Click here to register.

April

How to Build and Use a Rain Barrel

Saturday, April 2, 1:30-3:00 pm
Instructor: Jerome Wigner, CGC Volunteer
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
FREE WATER for your plants! A rain barrel is a great way to help reduce storm water runoff and save a little money spent on summer watering. Take home tips to help you install and maintain a barrel at your home. Get started right away by purchasing a complete rain barrel kit from our gift shop. Click here to register.

CGDT Series – Construction Techniques for the Gardener

Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Garden construction fundamentals – learn to build raised beds, paths, compost bins, cold frames and simple trellis forms. Alternative building materials for these features will also be addressed. Click here to register.

Backyard Composting – Spring

Tuesday, April 12, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, Master Composter & Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Do you want to start a compost pile but have no idea how to even begin? Come learn the basics about composting to get you started.  This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to compost. Click here to register.

Managing Rain on your Property: Tour and Talk

Thursday, April 14, 5:30-7:00pm
Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: Free. 
Did you know that 11 billion gallons of raw sewage and stormwater flow into our region’s streams each year during rain events? Explore the ways the Green Learning Station is reducing the amount of stormwater that goes into our sewer system and develop your own list of actions to take at home. This class will cover the key things to consider when selecting green stormwater controls and will provide you with ideas and resources for getting started on your project. All ages welcome. To register call 513-221-0981.

School Garden Workshop:  Involving Community Partners

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:30 – 5pm

Presenter:  Kyle Nobbe, Math Teacher at DePaul Cristo Rey High School.  To register call 513-221-0981.

Create a Mother’s Day Gift Bag

Thursday, April 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten and her children, 7th Street Gifts
Cost: $25 per participant, all ages welcome, registration is required
Just in time for Mother’s Day: make a natural gift that mom is sure to love. In this hands-on workshop, participants will use food grade soy wax, mineral micas, essential oils, and hand crafted soap to make a mother’s day gift bag that includes a naturally scented candle, fragrant soap bar, and exfoliating bath salt. Come prepared with the knowledge of your mom’s favorite scent combinations so you can customize your gift just for her. This class will be taught by Carisa and her skilled children. Families encouraged to attend. Call 513-221-0981 to ask about family rates. Click here to register.

June

School Garden Development 101

Thursday, June 16, 9 am-3 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! To register call 513-221-0981. 

School Garden Workshop:  Harvest Party Potluck

Thursday, June 16 3:30 – 5pm

Join in the fun and share the success of the harvest.  Bring a dish to share.  To register call 513-221-0981.

Home Grown Herbs: Tincture Making

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Instructors: Carisa Hund-Bunten and Bennett Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $25 (free for CGC volunteers), ages 13+up
Learn how to extend the use of medicinal plants and flowers growing in your own garden by making shelf stable tinctures, extracts, and infusions. Follow traditional recipes for a safe and effective infusion of the healing attributes of your garden’s herbs into an alcohol base. Learn what plants to include on your 2016 seed list and the tips that make the difference between success and failure of the tincturing process. Click here to register.

 

July

Attract Pollinators with Native Plants

Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am-noon
Instructor: Solomon Gamboa, Pioneer Landscapes, LLC
Cost: $15 (free to CGC Volunteers)
Learn how to bring more pollinators into your garden using native plants, which thrive in our region. Take home lists of plants that specifically attract honey bees, native bees, native butterflies and hummingbirds. Design principles will focus on large landscape beds and prairie plots. The class will start at the CGC and include a trip to a local pollinator hotbed, so dress to be outdoors.  Click here to register.

August

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

Thursday, August 11, 6:00-8:30 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.

Gifts from the Beehive

Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts
Cost: $30 per participants, ages 18+up, registration is required*
Considered some of nature’s finest gifts, products from the hive have amazing properties and uses. This class introduces the benefits and uses of beeswax and honey for your health and daily life. Participants will create their own recipes using beeswax and local raw honey from the instructors own homestead hives. Therapeutic grade ingredients will be used in take-home recipes for a beeswax candle, body cosmetic, and an edible treat. Click here to register.
*Participants must have the ability to follow instructions and work safely around high temperatures.

September

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

Thursday, September 8, 11:30 am -1:00 pm 
Instructor: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist & Jerry Luebbe, seasoned vegetable gardener
Cost: $15 (free for CGC Volunteers)
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.

Soap Making Day Camp

Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm & 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Cost: $120 per participant + materials fee by weight, ages 18 and up, registration is required*
The CGC is fortunate to offer this much sought after program by one of our region’s most knowledgeable soap artisans. This class is a “real deal” hands-on immersion in cold process soap making for the serious student. Learn by doing in this all day soap making camp. Sharing coveted techniques and tips, Carisa’s experience applies practical application learned firsthand from crafting and selling handmade soap from her family’s brick and mortar storefront for over 15 years, conducting numerous workshops, as well as receiving formal training in soap making from the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Safety will be a primary concern while stressing the importance of exact measurements, ingredients, and temperatures while working with lye. Using a variety of recipes and ingredients, you will take home 8-9 customized soaps made that day to cure and use long after the camp.

Participants must be able to stand and lift, follow instructions, and work well in a group setting. Old clothes, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes required. Latex gloves and goggles will be available or you may bring your own.
*PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the tuition there will be an additional materials fee (based on take home weight) of approximately $25.00 due to the instructor that day.

Click here to register for 10:00 class.

Click here to register for 12:30 class.

Backyard Composting – Fall

Thursday, September 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, Master Composter & Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Do you want to start a compost pile but have no idea how to even begin? Come learn the basics about composting to get you started.  This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to compost. To register click here.