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.

August Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

class on harvesting vegetables and fall crops

September Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

 

October Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

**Beginning June 1st, we will return to a blend of in-person and online Zoom classes. Masks will be required for any person who is not vaccinated and attending an indoor class. We are excited to begin the process of returning to indoor classes in a manner that ensures the safety of all class participants and presenters.**


 

It’s Harvest Time!

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 4th, 6:00-7:00pm
Instructor: Joshua Jones, Director of Greenhouse Operations at Waterfields
Cost: Free
Format: Online Webinar

Following correct harvesting procedure will not only increase your yields, but ensure you get peak flavor from those veggies you have worked so hard to grow. Join Us!

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Native Plants for Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Date/Time: Thursday, August 12th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Brian Grubb, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $10
Format: In-Person
Location:Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Create a monarch habitat in your own yard, while adding beauty, minimizing water use, and reducing lawn maintenance costs. This class will help you choose the best plants for monarchs for your garden. Host plants for monarch caterpillars and monarch adults will be covered.

We’re pleased to announce that Civic Garden Center is teaming up with Cincinnati Nature Center to co-promote in-person classes to help you make your space more useful for wildlife and more beautiful for you. Please pay close attention to this class location as this takes place at Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati.

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Botany for Gardeners & Land Managers

Date/Time: Thursday, August 31st & September 7th, 12-1pm or 6-7pm
Instructor: Brian Grubb, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $25
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

This is a field-oriented, introductory course in botany with an emphasis on plant identification. Participants will learn the essential skills to identify, name and share information about native and exotic plants in the local environment.

 

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Gratia’s Basic Botanical Drawing

Date/Time: Wednesdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th, 1-4pm
Instructor: Gratia Banta, Art Adjunct Faculty at Miami University & Passionate Local Artist
Cost: $125
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

This 4 week program will introduce you to the basics of botanic drawing with local artist, Gratia Banta. See a full breakdown of the program below:

Week 1:  Getting to know the gardens, the History of Botanical Drawing and other artists who drew flowers.   Sketching Outdoors, weather permitting.
Week 2: Drawing shapes, getting to know and draw dark and light and shapes in Nature.
Week 3: Drawing Holly in Pencil Demo. Holly almost real, but not, provided. Or bring your own flower, but remember flowers die quickly especially out of water.
Week 4:  Drawing Holly in Color. Or continue with your own flower drawing.

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Field Botany: Woody Plants

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & October 7th at 12-1pm or 6-7pm
Instructor: Brian Grubb, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $25
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

This is a field-oriented course focused on the introduction to botany in the regional out-of-doors with an emphasis on woody plants. Emphasis will be given to identification, uses, habit, habitat, and communities of plants, in the context of local terrestrial and aquatic environments. 

 

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Field Botany: Herbaceous Plants

Date/Time: Tuesdays, September 14th, 21st, & 28th from 12-1pm or 6-7pm
Instructor: Brian Grubb, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $35
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

This is a field-oriented course focused on the introduction to botany in the regional out-of-doors with an emphasis on herbaceous plants. Emphasis will be given to identification, uses, habit, habitat, and communities of plants, in the context of local terrestrial and aquatic environments.

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An Introduction to Ecological Restoration

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 15th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Dave Gamsetetter
Cost: $15 or free to CGC volunteers
Format: In-Person
Location: TBD

Our forests face unprecedented risks from invasive pests and plants, disease, and human development. This class will introduce participants to the threats facing our forests, the basics of ecological restoration and how to get started, and some opportunities to get involved in ongoing restoration projects here in Cincinnati.

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Forest Management: Site Analysis & Planning

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 22nd, 6-7pm
Instructor: Dave Gressley & Jim Mason
Cost: $15 or free for CGC volunteers
Format: In-Person
Location: TBD

They key to success in any restoration project is having a well thought out plan to guide the process. This presentation will be focused on analyzing and designing woodland, savannah and meadow landscapes. Refined principles take a critical look at the site analysis stage of the design to gather clues about the soil and plant community that will best match the property to complete the renovation.

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Photography in the Garden Primer

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 6th, 12-2 pm & Saturday, October 9th, 9-11am
Instructor: Tom Conway,  an avid photographer with over 25 years of experience  as photographer, including exhibits in Cincinnati, Ohio and Wilmington, North Carolina.
Cost: $25 or $35 for 2 people
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

“A Garden Photography Primer” will focus on understanding light, the three types of garden photos and specific techniques for composition and the making of memorable images. It is designed for all levels of photographers, from beginners, to hobbyists, to professionals. After the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to apply these concepts by shooting in the seven acres of the Civic Garden Center. The workshop will last for approximately two hours.

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Basic Houseplant Care

Date/Time: Tuesdays, October 12th, 12-1pm or 6-7pm
Instructor: Brian Grubb, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15
Format: In-Person
Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206

This is a hands-on course focused on developing skills, tools, and techniques to grow plants indoor. An emphasis will be given on all of the essential horticultural skills for caring for plants indoors.

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