Community Gardens Tour

2016 TOUR SPONSORS: Sandra Matlow and Nancy & Gary Strassel

Now in its 32nd year, the Community Gardens Tour returns Tuesday, July 19 starting at 5:30 pm at the Civic Garden Center. This year’s tour focuses on three projects representing the Civic Garden Center’s historic Community Garden Program’s innovative approach for creating neighborhood-based gardens to serve evolving and diverse populations. The Community Gardens Program celebrates its 35th anniversary this summer, and you’re invited to tour three gardens Tuesday, July 19 to witness the positive impact these gardens are having in their respective communities. Reservations for the community gardens tour include bus transportation to all three gardens in addition to a light meal that will be served by-the-bite as you tour each of the gardens. This event takes place rain or shine. For reservations click here or call 513-221-0981. 

This Year’s Participating Gardens

Dater Montessori School Garden incorporates a wetland, arboretum, native plant landscape, permaculture areas as well as a vegetable garden to show students how we interact with our natural world. From food production to pollinator habitat, tree life cycles to plant interaction, pollywog to full a grown toad — you’ll experience it all during the tour on the grounds of the school. Visit the Dater Montessori school website.

Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden was established in 1981 as the first community garden in Cincinnati and also the first garden in the Civic Garden Center’s neighborhood gardens program (now known as the community gardens program). Thanks to the support of Grow Appalachia and volunteers from Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati, there will be many exciting new developments to learn about during this year’s tour.

Westwood Community Garden sprouted from the site of a demolished apartment building in 2011. What was once an eyesore is now a gleaming example of how much positive change can happen when a community comes together to make a difference. The garden contains 60 raised beds that community residents can rent for an annual fee of $25. Tour attendees will enjoy meeting the gardeners who tend plots in the space. Visit the WCG Facebook page.

About The Community Gardens Program

Civic Garden Center’s Community Gardens Program is one of the oldest in the country and continues to evolve to embrace new practices and serve the gardening and social needs of Cincinnati neighborhoods. Community gardens center on growing healthy fruits and vegetables and also are hubs for neighborhood engagement and renewal. No two neighborhoods are the same so it is important that when providing training and ongoing support to gardens that the Civic Garden Center be open to explore collaborative forms of gardens that embrace both traditional and experimental design, management and cultivation practices.