Upcoming Classes

We host classes and trainings year-round on the topics of gardening, horticulture, sustainability & more! Classes are taught by a combination of Civic Garden Center staff, regional experts, and local partners to provide our community with important education that is accessible to everyone.

**Masks will be required for everyone attending an indoor class. We are excited to offer in-person classes in a manner that ensures the safety of all class participants and presenters. Please note that the CGC will give participants at least a three-day notice if classes are canceled due to COVID19 or low attendance.**

February Health and Wellness Series (Click an Image for More Information)

February Gardening Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

March Gardening & Health and Wellness Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

 

April Gardening, Health, and Art Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

 


Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening: Planning

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 2nd, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructors: Sarah Imbus, Campbell County Extension Agent for Horticulture Education
and Joshua Jones, Adjunct Professor, Horticulture, University Of Cincinnati
Cost: $10
Format: Zoom
Location: The zoom link is included in your class confirmation email.

Description: Sarah and Joshua will cover the questions “Where to start?”, “How to Plan?” and “How to choose what to grow?” If it’s your first year or fiftieth year growing there will be something to learn here! You’ll leave with links to great resources for a planning template and growing guides. Your 2022 successful vegetable garden starts right here!

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Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening: Soil Health

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 9th, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructors: Aarron Habig, Conservation Program Specialist, Hamilton County Soils and Water Conservation District
and Joshua Jones, Adjunct Professor, Horticulture, University Of Cincinnati
Cost: $10
Format: Zoom
Location: The zoom link is included in your class confirmation email.

Description: It all starts with the soil! Aaron and Joshua go over basic soil chemistry, structure, tilling (or no-tilling) strategies and introduce the topic of cover cropping. The easiest way to have a great vegetable garden is to become a dirt farmer. Grow your soil and it will grow your plants. Learn How Here!

Candlelight Restorative Meditation Yoga

Date/Time: Thursday, February 10th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Instructor: Emily O’Hara Hunt, HUE Yoga
Cost: $25
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Level: Everyone Welcome!

Description: Candlelight Restorative Meditation Yoga, led by Hue Yoga, is deeply rejuvenating, focusing on slow movements to offset our busy lives.  Enjoy a soft ambiance of candlelight and soothing music to ground you into your practice. This class is great for beginners and experienced yogis to tap into a slow, relaxing experience. Most poses and stretches for this class are practiced in a seat or reclined position to promote a grounded effect. Calming breathing exercises and guided meditation will be incorporated into the class to complete the experience. Please bring your mat and we suggest a pillow and blanket for added comfort.
Learn more about HUE Yoga by clicking here.

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New Beginners / Basic Yoga

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 15th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Instructor: Will, Cincinnati Yoga School
Cost: $25
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Level: Everyone Welcome!

Description: If you have never done yoga before, have taken a long break, or just practiced with some videos, this class is for you. You will be slowly introduced to the fundamentals of yoga for a transition into our other courses, or stick with this one. The Basics are always good to come back to from time to time. -The pace is gentle and helps you to slow down, relax, and focus.

Learn more about the Cincinnati Yoga School by clicking here.

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Balance Your Emotions Using Essential Oils

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 22nd, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Kim Yates, Director, Center for Environmental Education, College of Education Northern Kentucky University
Cost: $25
Format: In-person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Description: Whether you are new to essential oils, or have been using them for years, the topic of emotional aromatherapy is both fascinating and applicable in everyday life. Yes, essential oils can be useful for cleaning, cooking, maintaining good health, and promoting wellbeing, but if you haven’t tried using essential oils to manage your emotions, you are missing out on a huge benefit that essential oils have to offer. In this class, we will talk about the power that essential oils have when it comes to managing mood, why you would want to use them for emotional benefit, and the specific dōTERRA products that can help you manage your emotions. When you are overwhelmed with grief or sadness, need to be energized and motivated, or need calming and peaceful feelings throughout your day, essential oils can be helpful in managing your mood. This class includes a make-n-take session. You will make 3 different roller bottles specially formulated with unique blends of essential oils targeted to your emotional needs. Additional roller bottles may be purchased for $5 each.

Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening: Seed Starting

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructors: Greg Potter, Community Garden Coordinator, The Civic Garden Center
and Joshua Jones, Adjunct Professor, Horticulture, University Of Cincinnati
Cost: $10
Format: Zoom
Location: The zoom link is included in your class confirmation email.

Description: Learn the process of starting plants from seeds, indoors and out. We’ll provide sources for seeds, discuss quality, viability, quantity and germination rates. We’ll also talk about the differences between (F1 hybrids and heirlooms and all the possibilities in the middle.) We’ll demonstrate different techniques and then you’ll get some hands-on practice. Thriving Garden Practices: Learn about crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more.

Beginning Knitting

Date/Time: Thursday, February 24th, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructor: Jennifer, Owner, Hey Make.Do.
Cost: $35
Format: In-person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Description: This 1.5 hour class is all you need to get started knitting.  We’ll cover the basics of yarn and fiber, needle selection, and learn to cast on.  You’ll learn the two basic stitches that are the foundation of knitting, the knit and purl stitch, and learn how to bind off your finished project!

Learn more about Hey Make.Do. by clicking here.

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Vegetable Gardening Question and Answer

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 1st, 6:00-7:00pm
Instructors: Joshua Jones, Adjunct Professor, Horticulture, University Of Cincinnati
Cost: Free
Format: Zoom
Location: The zoom link is included in your class confirmation email.

Description: Get your vegetable gardening questions answered by a local expert. Did you take our spring series of vegetable gardening classes or watch our Victory Gardens Education Series on Youtube and still have unanswered questions? This Q&A session will help get you ready for the growing season.

“The Heart of The Matter” – Recipes to Keep you Young at Heart

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Instructor: Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, Director, Owner, Sound Bites Nutrition, LLC
Cost: $15
Format: In-person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Description:Description: Lettuce get to the heart of the matter! Want to learn what to eat to take care of your ticker? Join registered dietitian Lisa Andrews of Sound Bites Nutrition on Tuesday, March 8th at the Civic Garden Center to learn more about what’s on your plate to reduce your risk for heart disease and the complications that go with it. You’ll pick up delicious tips using seasonal produce to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Food samples and recipes are provided.

Learn more about Sound Bites Nutrition by clicking here.

Essential Oils for Gardening

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Kim Yates, Director, Center for Environmental Education, College of Education Northern Kentucky University
Cost: $25
Format: In-person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Description: Essential oils can be used for a number of things, including cleaning your home, balancing your mood, healing your body, and even tending your garden. Come learn how essential oils can help in the garden with special recipes designed to keep pests away, attract pollinators, and more. With doTERRA essential oils, you can have a toxic-free, happy and healthy garden. This class includes a make-n-take session. You will make 3 different sample-sized non-toxic garden sprays. Additional spray bottles may be purchased for $5 each.

Construction Techniques for the Gardener

Date/Time: Saturday, March 19th, 10:00-12:00pm
Instructors: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, The Civic Garden Center
Cost: $10
Location: Green Learning Station, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Description: Garden construction fundamentals – learn to build raised beds, compost bins, cold frames, and simple trellis forms. Alternative building materials for each of these will also be addressed.

A Gardening Approach to Sustainability: Introduction

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructors: Charlie Gonzalez, Communications Director, Green Umbrella
Cost: $15
Location: The Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Description: Learn how the right approach to gardening can be sustainable and combat the climate crisis. This is the intro class to a 5 part series: A Gardening Approach to Sustainability. The rest of the classes will cover water conservation, native and invasive plants, healthy soils, and zero waste gardening. Charlie Gonzalez is an activist and community organizer with over 20 years of transformative leadership experience in facilitating, educating, and empowering individuals to become more engaged in their community. Charlie holds an MIT degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s in Urban Sustainability & Resilience from Xavier University, and a business certificate in Sustainable Agriculture Management from Cincinnati State

Acrylic Paint Pour with Plants

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th, 10:00-11:30am
Instructors: Autumn McKinnley, Artist, Owner, Art by Autumn
Cost: $20
Location: The Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Description: Paint pouring is a method of painting incorporating unconventional painting supplies that artists of all skill levels and ages can enjoy. A variety of results are achieved with this fluid painting method, depending on the artist’s style and technique used. or Acrylic Paint Pouring is a fluid painting technique used to create art by pouring acrylic paint onto a canvas. … The Acrylic Pouring technique allows artists to apply color in puddles, pools, and marble-like patterns. Pouring results in a smooth, glossy paint film that is perfectly even and blemish-free.

Learn more about Art by Autumn by clicking here.

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Mason Jar Hydroponics

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 19th, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Kim Yates, Director, Center for Environmental Education, College of Education Northern Kentucky University
Cost: $20
Format: In-person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Description: Would you like to grow your own food, but you just don’t have the space or the time? Have you considered gardening but don’t know where to start? Have you tried planting a garden, but had no luck with a bountiful harvest? Hydroponics may be just the thing you’ve been looking for. In this class, you will learn the basics of growing your own food using a passive hydroponics method. This method, known as the Kratky method, requires little space, time, or experience. This class includes a make-n-take session. All participants will receive a DIY mason jar hydroponics kit.


 

All classes in our Victory Gardens Education Series are recorded, check out our YouTube page for replays and more educational videos.