Family Class: Garden Bugs

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10:30-noon
Class size is limited. Registration is required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator
Fee: $5 per participant

Family Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-15.
We love to eat straight from the garden in the summer, and so do some of our favorite insects. Munch your way through the garden and discover what insects help our garden grow.
10:30 am session - click here to register

Attract Pollinators with Native Plants

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am-noon
Instructor: Solomon Gamboa, Pioneer Landscapes, LLC
Cost: $10.00, kids are free

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.

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Preserving the Harvest: Water Bath Canning

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Even, OSU Extension Agency
Cost: $10 (free to CGC Volunteers)
Summer brings a bounty of goodness from the garden. Learn how to safely preserve nature’s harvest to enjoy year round through a water bath canning program. Jenny Even, Extension Educator with OSU in Hamilton County, will present the latest canning recommendations from the USDA on safely preserving high acid foods, including tomatoes and fruit products. Recommended procedures, websites and fact sheets will be provided. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced canner, you won’t want to miss this program!

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Preserving the Harvest: Freezing, Drying, Pickling and Fermenting

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Even, OSU Extension Agency, Hamilton County and Peter Huttinger, Community Gardens Coordinator
Cost: $10 (free for CGC Volunteers)
Discover even more ways to make your harvest last longer by fermenting and drying your vegetables. Sauerkraut is just one way to preserve cabbage, but you can also make a delicious Kimchi. Tomatoes, fruits, squash and others can be dried for a taste of garden freshness even through the winter. Don’t miss this opportunity to stretch your garden harvest for months longer! Information will be presented based on the latest USDA guidelines. Recommended procedures, websites and fact sheets will be provided.

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Family Class:  Cosmic Compost

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:30-noon 
Fee:  $5.00 per participant
Family Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-15.
Amazing adventures lie just below the soil! Join us as we learn the secret lives of worms and how we can make “black gold” for the garden from composting our kitchen scraps.

10:30 am session – click here to register


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

Tuesday, August 28, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, President – Cincinnati Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers (CHOPTAG)
Cost: $10 (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.

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Civic Forester Classes at the CGC

Did you know that fall is the best time for planting trees? Explore a wide range of trees, their uses in the landscape and how to plant and maintain them in this three part class series designed to cultivate civic-minded tree stewards. The Civic Forester Series is presented in partnership with Taking Root, a regional campaign for reforestation. The three week series will be followed by a Tree Festival on Saturday, September 20 at the Civic Garden Center.
Cost:  $10 for individual classes or $30 for the series.

Click here to register for the three class series.


Tree Selection and Identification

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor:  Steve Foltz, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cost:  $10

Trees play a variety of roles in our community, and different trees are suited for very different contexts, environmental conditions and community preferences. Learn how to select a site for a new tree planting and evaluate it to determine what tree species would be successful there. Get an overview of trees that grow well in our region: how to identify them, how to use a key and what resources will help you learn what you need to know about them. Finally, learn tips for selecting healthy specimens at the nursery.

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Tree Planting and Maintenance

Tuesday September 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor:  Bennett Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost:  $10
A tree’s success in life has a lot to do with how it is planted and cared for. Learn best practices in tree planting to ensure your investment of time and resources will result in a healthy tree. Bennett’s crash course in tree maintenance – pruning, watering, mulching, establishment period, periodic pruning, upkeep & health assessment will give you the knowledge and skills you need to keep your trees going strong and help you evaluate when it is time to consult an arborist.

To register click here.


Trees in our Communities

Tuesday September 16, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors:  an assortment of horticulturists from regional institutions
Cost: $10
This final class in the Civic Forester series explores the many avenues for tree planting, care, and awareness in the community. An assortment of regional horticultural specialists will discuss the Taking Root regional tree planting campaign and efforts to establish neighborhood and school arboreta, as well as efforts to raise awareness of trees of importance in our communities. Case studies will explore successful programs in neighboring regions and how they can be applied and improved in the Tri-State. Civic Forester students will learn how to apply all their knowledge toward improving the urban canopy of the region.

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Backyard Composting

Saturday, September, 6, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: John Duke, Founder, American Compost Society
Cost: $10 (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.

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

Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (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.

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Family Class:  Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:30-noon 
Fee:  $5.00 per participant

Family Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-15.
Let your imagination soar as you collect curious garden objects and construct a place for magical fairies and gnomes to live. We will provide some craft supplies and natural objects. Participants are encouraged to bring additional items from home to enhance their projects!

10:30 am session – click here to register

Saving Seeds

Tuesday, September 17, 6:00–8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Trusty, Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (free for CGC Volunteers)
Collecting seed from plants can be exciting, economical and is essential for preserving genetic diversity of plants. Through discussion and demonstration, find out how to collect and store seed from annuals, perennials and woody plants; learn the best references to use in determining collection techniques; discover the difference between hybrids and open-pollinated plants.

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Grow and Blend your own Teas

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20 per participant, ages 10 and up, registration is required
Get ready for winter’s chill by harvesting ingredients for teas and herbal infusions this fall while they are in their prime. Learn about the properties of herbs commonly used in teas and how to harvest and dry them for maximum flavor. Make three tea blends to take home using Organic Fronteir Natural Food Co-op loose teas and herbs and learn how to make your own tea bags, perfect for gift giving.

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History of Hauck’s Sooty Acres: talk and tour

Saturday, September 27, 2:00-3:00 pm
Guide: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: Free.
When gardening enthusiast Cornelius J. Hauck landscaped this property in the first half of the 20th century, he named it Sooty Acres in reference to the smoggy air of this urban site. Despite all the challenges of city living, many of his original specimen trees and shrubs thrive. Learn about the history of the gardens and some of the interesting heritage trees on the grounds, such as a rare oak, and other specimens you do not commonly see in our region.

To register call:  513-221-0981.



Grow Food in the City: Tour

Saturday, September 27, 10:00-11:00 am
Cost: Free, call to register
Growing food isn’t just for farmers! At the Civic Garden Center we grow food in pots, on rooftops and in our own “backyard.” Learn easy strategies for getting started with urban (or suburban) vegetable gardens on this tour that will have you tasting, tromping and digging in the dirt (and compost).


Preparing Your Vegetable Garden to Over- Winter

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Instructor: CGC Staff
Cost: $10 (free for CGC Volunteers)
This class covers the seasonal cycles of a vegetable garden with an emphasis on over-wintering techniques in preparation for spring planting. There will be an emphasis on building healthy soil, including the use of green manure crops and composting. The class will begin at the CGC then move a community garden for on-site work and demonstrations. Please dress to be outside to working with soil, compost and sowing cover crops.

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Family Class: Leaf Disguise

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:30 am-noon
Class size is limited. Registration is required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Fee: $5 per participant
Let nature inspire your costume this season! Using natural items we’ll construct wonderful disguises for garden ghouls and leaf monsters.

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