Book a Speaker or Tour

Book a Speaker

Presentations are available in a virtual format or our facility is available to host. For information on our very reasonable rates, please contact Terry Houston at Also, check with Terry about how your garden club may qualify for a free facility rental. Book a speaker or tour today!

Perennial Gardening for Pollinator Diversity
Learn how to create a diverse garden that is not only beautiful all year, but nurtures pollinators spring through fall. Explore how to make your garden a visually and ecologically rich haven in the built environment.  
Fee: $100 Greg Torres

Intro to Sustainability
The term “sustainability” is thrown around a lot these days. Used in a broad context, the concept sounds abstract and daunting to tackle. However, living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. In this session, we will explore how one person or business can make choices that are good for the health of the planet and people. Sustainable living is unique to each individual and can be simple, money-saving, and possible for everyone.
Fee: $100 Kylie Johnson

Composting 101: How to Reduce Waste, Save Money, and Create “Black Gold”
In the U.S., 40% of food is wasted. Billions of dollars are lost each year and greenhouse gas emissions are significantly increased by growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of wasted food. Composting is one way to help combat this issue by keeping food waste out of landfills. This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to get started at your home or office.
Fee: $100  Kylie Johnson

Harness the Power of Rainwater
Our region has a problem with rain. In this presentation you’ll learn how you can reduce polluted runoff from entering our waterways while harnessing the power of rainwater for your benefit. We will explore green roofs, pervious pavement, and rainwater harvesting systems as green strategies for “keeping rain where it falls.” On-site presentations at our Green Learning Station have the option to include a tour of the Green Learning Station’s stormwater management demonstrations. *On-site presentations have the option to include a tour of the CGC’s stormwater management demonstrations.
Fee: $100 Kylie Johnson

The Fascinating Life of Bees
The amazing honey bee is an agriculturally-important pollinator now threatened by many human activities. Beekeeping, the art and science of managing honey bees, is a fascinating hobby, fun backyard business and extensive agro-industry activity. This course will broadly discuss the importance of pollinators, the history of bees & beekeeping, the lifecycle of bees, and honey production.
Fee: $100 Kylie Johnson

Tree Planting and Maintenance
One of the most important decisions you can make as a gardener is to plant a tree. Learn the many techniques for identifying healthy trees at the nursery, how to plant them properly, and how to care for them until established.
Fee: $100 Greg Torres

Removing Exotic Invasives and Native  Replacements
This visual survey explores the countless woody and herbaceous invasive plant species present in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. Learn how to identify, remove, and prevent these plants in your garden or local natural area. If presented at the Civic Garden Center, this class includes a tour of invasive plants on the grounds (weather permitting).  We will also discuss the benefits of planting natives to replace invasives.
Fee: $100  Greg Torres

To schedule the above programs please contact Terry Houston at with your date and time.

Take a Tour

Self-Guided Tour of the grounds and adjacent Hauck Botanic Garden, aka, Sooty Acres. Brochure available at front desk.

Guided Tour of the Grounds and Sooty Acres Park: Given by staff and tour docents. Major plant collections & gardens will be visited, and seasonal horticulture interest noted. Group size 10-45. Contact
Fee: $100

The Hoffman Library: A guided tour about using this treasured CGC collection of more than 2500 volumes. One of only three circulating libraries of its kind in Ohio.
Free ““ based on availability of the room.

(Duration of our docent-led tours is dependent on number of participants).

Contact to schedule one of these tours or call 513-221-0981.

Take a tour of the Green Learning Station:

There are lots of options for exploring the Green Learning Station’s demonstrations on keeping rain where it falls, transforming trash into compost and gardening anywhere and everywhere.

  • Attend a free public tour (dates vary, check Green Learning Station website)
  • Come anytime for a self-guided tour (bring your tablet or smart phone to access videos through QR code links on our educational signage)
  • Schedule a private tour for your group or class

Contact for more information or to book your tour.

Visit The Green Learning Station website to learn more about this latest and greatest addition to the CGC campus!

Programming for Kids

A variety of age-appropriate, high interest topics. For details and availability, please contact Ellie Falk,
Fee: based on number of participants