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