Book a Speaker / Take a Tour


Our facility is available to host any of these presentations.   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!


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: $75

Composting Strategies for the Home Gardener: Tour the composting facilities at the CGC and pick up some tips for setting up an efficient, easy to maintain compost system
Fee: $75 Kylie Johnson

Soil Building and Composting Strategies for the Home Garden: Learn some easy methods to improve your soil from resources at your home. Tour the composting facilities at the CGC and pick up some tips for setting up an efficient, easy to maintain compost system.
Fee: $75  Kylie Johnson

History of Sooty Acres and the Civic Garden Center
There are two options. If the tour is selected, but weather does not permit, the Sooty Acres lecture or any other lecture may be substituted:
1) Lecture: A visual presentation covering the history of Sooty Acres and the Civic Garden Center from 1924 to present, including many historic photographs from the archives.
2) Tour: A tour of our grounds catered to multiple mobility levels discussing the history of the property and its founder Cornelius Hauck. The tour focuses largely on the historic and subsequent plant collections on the grounds.
Fee: $75

Making the Most of Rain: Learn how to harvest rain for storage and reuse or how to direct it to different parts of your garden. On-site presentations have the option to include a tour of the CGC’s rain barrels and rain gardens.
Fee: $75  Kylie Johnson

Keep Rain where it Falls: Understand our region’s stormwater problem and how you can help reduce polluted runoff entering our streams. We will explore green roofs, pervious pavement, rainwater harvesting and rain gardens as green strategies for keeping rain where it falls. On-site presentations have the option to include a tour of the CGC’s stormwater management demonstrations.
Fee: $75 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: $75

Invasive Plants of Cincinnati
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).
Fee: $75

Planning a Vegetable Garden
This is a great class on vegetable gardening basics for the new gardener. This class covers siting, soil preparation, composting, multi-season gardening, and different techniques to try in your journey toward growing your own food.
Fee: $75

Container Herb Gardening
You don’t need to have a yard in order to have a thriving herb garden. This class explores the different techniques for gardening in containers as well as the best herbs to grow on your patio, deck or windowsill.
Fee: $75

Bulbs for Cincinnati Gardens
There is a whole world beyond tulips and daffodils. Explore the many bulbs that can provide color from late winter through fall in your garden. A large focus is on critter-resistant varieties proven to thrive in Cincinnati.
Fee: $75


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



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: $75

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 fo these tours or call 513-221-0981.

Green Learning Station Tours:

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