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.



Baby Greens:  Fall Shapes

Tuesday, November 17, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per child, ages 0-4

Join us for a fun day of looking for shapes in nature as we say goodbye to fall.  Click here to register.


Junior Gardeners:  Corn Husk Dolls

Saturday, November 21, 10:30 – Noon
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost: $5.00 per child, ages 5-15

Enjoy some cider and stories as we make corn husk dolls and learn about holiday traditions from the past.  Click here to register.



Soap Making for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Sorry – this class is full.

Participants will make two customized soaps using goat’s milk and/or vegetable glycerin bases. Essential and fragrance oils, botanicals and natural additives will be available to create soaps perfect for gift giving! Everyday kitchen materials will be turned into useful and practical soap molds. Participants will leave with their handmade soaps, recipes and ability to continue the fun at home.


The Energy Petal: Rationale and Strategies for Creating a Net Positive and Resilient Built Environment

Friday, December 4, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Instructor: David Whittaker, ASLA, LEED AP, and Living Future Accredited with 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 Energy 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 Energy Petal and illustrate how the LBC can help us create Net Positive buildings that generate all of their own power using renewable sources and that contribute toward energy resilient communities. This informative and inspirational presentation will include an in-depth look at real-life examples and case studies.  Click here to register.


Bring the Outdoors in for the Holidays

Thursday, December 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Melisa Jenkins, Owner of Sustenance Landscape Design
Cost:  $25 per participant, registration is required

Traditional holiday decorating takes a break this year as Melisa guides you to enliven your space with organic elements. Participants will marvel at the simplicity of creating unique and eco-friendly accent pieces inspired by the outdoors. We’ll provide some interesting greens and branches, and participants are encouraged to bring along their own container and found items from nature as a focal item (i.e. special stones, shells, feathers, acorns, pine cones, bones, seed pods, etc.). Melisa will provide examples of various shapes and sizes to boost your signature style—just don’t be surprised when friends look to make your ideas their own!  Click here to register.


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; registration is limited so reserve your spot early!  Choose from these three classes:

Bring Your Own Container

Friday, December 11, 1:00-3:00 pm 

Whether your container is an old family favorite, found item or recent purchase, Jan Simms 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 12, 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 12, 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.


Baby Greens:  Winter Wonders

Tuesday, December 15, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per child, ages 0-4

Listen to a story and learn how plants hibernate for the long winter.  Click here to register.

Junior Gardeners:  Natural Holiday Decorations

Saturday, December 19, 10:30am – Noon
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per child, ages 5-15

Invite some nature into your home for the holidays!  Using natural items from the garden, we’ll create festive holiday decorations to brighten the season.  Click here to register.