Classes

April

Green your Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $15 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 green cleaning supplies including spray cleaner, furniture polish and dry laundry detergent. You’ll leave with the knowledge and practice to make refills at home using high quality oils, waxes and essential oils.

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History of Hauck’s Sooty Acres: talk and tour

Saturday, April 5, 2:00-3:00 pm
Guide: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers – call to register 513-221-0981)
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. During this spring tour, enjoy the many flowering trees that adorn the gardens.

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Edible Yard

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Trusty, Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers – call to register 513-221-0981)
Would you grow strawberries, currants, gooseberries, serviceberries, elderberries, jujube, 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? In this class you will learn how to choose and prepare the best site for your fruits, which cultivars perform well here, where to buy good-quality plants, pruning and training, pests, fertilizing, watering and harvesting.

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Get to Know Plant Families and Identification

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:00 am-noon
Instructor: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator
Location: Green Learning Station at the Civic Garden Center
Cost: FREE, presented by the Wild Ones of Greater Cincinnati
The key to successful gardening is knowing plants ““ from which weeds to pull, to learning to identify plants seen in other gardens or in the wild. Plant identification is also crucial to restoration projects and environmental conservation. Mary Dudley, who holds degrees in both Botany and Botanical Education, will walk participants through the basics of understanding plant families and classification, and how to use a dichotomous key to identify plants. An indoor presentation will be followed by a walk through the CGC grounds and adjacent Hauck Botanic Garden to put your new knowledge to the test! Please dress for the weather.

To register, call 513-221-0981.

 

Family Class: Water, Water Everywhere

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30-noon 
Class size is limited. Registration is required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator
Fee: $5 per participant
There are fun ways to catch and use rain water. Come play water games with us and learn about things you can do at home to capture rain.

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Growing Veggies in a Bucket

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors: Ryan Mooney-Bullock of the Civic Garden Center and Ana Bird of Imago
Cost: $25 ($35 for a pair with one set of materials), includes two styles of container garden to take home
Location: Imago, 700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205

This class is perfect for apartment dwellers, homeowners who are low on space, or the beginner gardener who would like to try a low maintenance way of growing vegetables.  We provide supplies, and you relax, have a glass of wine, and build a windowsill micro green garden and a upcycled-pickle bucket self-watering veggie planter.  You have the option of purchasing plants and soil and completing your system here, or you can take home your planters and finish them later.  Each participant leaves with a bucket system, a windowsill system, a clear set of instructions and knowledge to plant and maintain the planters throughout the growing season.

This class is presented by Imago, to register call (513) 921-5124 or visit http://www.imagoearth.org/home/public_programs/grow_veggies_in_a_bucket.html

Gardening With Deer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Michelle Andersen, Flourish Landscape and Interior Design
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers – call to register 513-221-0981)
In this educational look at gardening WITH deer, participants will learn the ins and outs of how to peacefully garden without repellants, and love the deer again. Get ready to learn more about the behavior of our region’s most beautiful garden pest and put that new understanding to work towards designing landscapes that deer won’t eat. Specific attention will be given to deer proof ornamental plant selections and strategies for keeping deer out of vegetable gardens.

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May

Make a gift Mom will Love: Soy Candles and Lotion Bars

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20 per participant, ages 10 and up, 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 you will use high quality waxes, oils and essential oils to make a solid lotion bar and a fragrant soy candle. Come prepared with your mom’s favorite scent combinations so you can customize your gift just for her.

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Fabulous Containers: Edible and Ornamental

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist and Ali Burns, Horticulturist
Cost: $10  (free for CGC volunteers – call to register 513-221-0981)
Location: Park+Vine, 1202 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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.

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Family Class: Tea Ceremony

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10:30-noon
Class size is limited. Registration is required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator
Fee: $5 per participant

Tea has a rich, ancient culture that comes from both western and eastern traditions. Learn how to grow, create and serve tea during this fun program.

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June

Garden Basics: Keeping your garden looking great all summer

Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $10  (free for CGC volunteers – call to register 513-221-0981)

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 watering and water conservation measures, pruning, feeding, common pest and disease issues, and other seasonally appropriate topics.

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Family Class: Solar Cooking

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10:30-noon or 1:30-3:00
Class size is limited. Registration is required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator
Fee: $5 per participant

Have you ever tasted sunshine? Join us for a fun filled day of solar oven construction and experimental cooking using energy from the sun.
10:30 am session - click here to register

 

Medicinal and Edible Plant Workshop

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Instructors: Wes and Diantha Duren, Marvin’s Organic Gardens
Cost: $30, includes salves, tinctures and teas to take home, registration required by June 15

Utilizing plants for food and medicine connects us with our ancestors, and empowers us to benefit from the wealth that nature has to offer. From roots to shoots, blooms to berries, together we will explore useful plants that have an innate ability to optimize our health and vitality. The time honored tradition of growing and cultivating edible and medicinal plants will be discussed as a way to maximize nutrient density and potency. This exciting, hands-on workshop will introduce many useful plants that we can grow in our own gardens and containers, and how such plants can be used to bring health and balance to ourselves, families and community. Together we will craft powerful plant remedies such as salves, tinctures, teas and learn the art of blending herbs to create synergy and longevity. Bring a brown bag lunch.

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July

Family Class: Garden Bugs

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10:30-noon or 1:30-3:00
Class size is limited. Registration is required.
Instructor: Mary Dudley, Youth Education Coordinator
Fee: $5 per participant

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
1:30 pm session - click here to register

August

Family Class:  Cosmic Compost

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:30-noon or 1:30-3 pm

Fee:  $5.00 per participant
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
1:30 pm session – click here to register

 

Family Class:  Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:30-noon or 1:30-3 pm
Fee:  $5.00 per participant
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
1:30 pm session – click here to register