Below are all of our upcoming classes, events, and volunteer opportunities.

Attract Pollinators with Native Plants @ Civic Garkden Center
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Attract Pollinators with Native Plants

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

To register call:  513-221-0981


Preserving the Harvest: Water Bath Canning @ Civic Garden Center
Jul 30 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

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!

Preserving the Harvest: Freezing, Drying, Picking and Fermenting @ Civic Garden Center
Aug 13 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 12:00 am

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.

History of Hauck’s Sooty Acres: Talk and Tour @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

The Materials Petal: Rationale and Strategies for Creating a Healthy, Low-Impact Built Environment** @ Civic Garden Center
Jun 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Instructor: David Whittaker, ASLA, LEED AP, and Living Future Accredited with Human Nature, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

Credits: Approved for 1 AIA LU and 1 GBCI CE Credit

Join us for an in-depth overview of the Materials 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 Materials Petal and illustrate how the LBC can help us generate places that minimize or eliminate toxins, reduce material usage, maximize reuse, and support a regenerative economy. This informative and inspirational presentation will include an in-depth look at real-life examples and case studies.  Click here to register.

**indicates class in Professional Development Series

Abundant Tomatoes: Taste Test, Save Seeds, Keep Plants Healthy @ Civic Garden Center
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 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. Click here to register.

Sun Hunny Fun @ Civic Garden Center
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Civic Garden Center joined with Rhinegeist and B the Keeper to brew a beautiful blonde ale using honey from our hive and from Queen City Bee Co.!

Join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 6-9 pm as we tap the first keg of Sun Hunny at the Civic Garden Center.

Event includes:
— Meet the Rhinegeist team
— Live music by Sylmar
— Laughs by local comics
— Local food trucks
— Tours of our observation hive

Rain or shine. Free admission. Cash bar.

Donations welcome to support CGC’s beekeeping classes and activities.