Calendar

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

Jul
26
Sat
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

 

Jul
30
Wed
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!

Aug
13
Wed
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.

Aug
28
Thu
Abundant Tomatoes: Taste Test, Save Seeds, Keep Plants Healthy @ Civic Garden Center
Aug 28 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 12:00 am

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.

Sep
6
Sat
Backyard composting @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Backyard Composting

Saturday, September, 6, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: John Duke, Founder, American Compost Society
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers)
Do you want to start a compost pile but have no idea how to even begin? Come learn the basics about composting to get you started. This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to compost.

Sep
8
Mon
Garden Basics: Fall and Winter Maintenance of Flower and Perennial Gardens @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 8 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 9 @ 12:00 am

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.

Sep
17
Wed
Saving Seeds @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 17 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 18 @ 12:00 am

Saving Seeds

Tuesday, September 17, 6:00–8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Trusty, Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (free for CGC Volunteers)
Collecting seed from plants can be exciting, economical and is essential for preserving genetic diversity of plants. Through discussion and demonstration, find out how to collect and store seed from annuals, perennials and woody plants; learn the best references to use in determining collection techniques; discover the difference between hybrids and open-pollinated plants.

Sep
23
Tue
Grow and Blend your own Teas @ Civic Garden Center
Sep 23 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 12:00 am

Grow and Blend your own Teas

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20 per participant, ages 10 and up, registration is required
Get ready for winter’s chill by harvesting ingredients for teas and herbal infusions this fall while they are in their prime. Learn about the properties of herbs commonly used in teas and how to harvest and dry them for maximum flavor. Make three tea blends to take home using Organic Fronteir Natural Food Co-op loose teas and herbs and learn how to make your own tea bags, perfect for gift giving.

Sep
27
Sat
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

Aug
11
Tue
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.