Garden Key

G1 Herb Garden
G2 Dwarf Conifer Garden
G3 Hoffman Terrace
G4 Outdoor Classroom
G5 Morgan Bretz Memorial Garden
G6 Pat Kipp Memorial Shade Garden

G7 Hydrangea Collection
G8 Peggy Macneale Memorial Daffodil Garden
G9 Upper Terrace
G10 Butterfly Garden and Daylily Collection
G11 Summer House | Gazebo
G12 Reading Road Garden

B1 Civic Garden Center
B2 Garden Cottage
B3 Hauck Gibson House (Private Offices)
B4 Carriage House
B5 Hauck House (currenlty Cincinnati Parks board office)


1 Upright English Oak
2 Cucumber Magnolia
3 Columnar Beech
4 European Beech (Copper)
5 Lea's Oak
6 Shingle Oak
7 Dawn Redwood
8 Chinese Elm
9 Bald Cypress
10 Colony of Bottle Brush Buckeye
11 Weeping Breech
12 Cedar of Lebanon
13 Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
14 White-flowering Redbud
15 Weeping Alaska Cedar
16 Ginkgo
17 Multi-stemmed Red Buckeye
18 Weeping Mulberry
19 Hackberry (Very Old)
20 Concolor Fir
21 Persimmon
22 Sargent's Weeping Hemlock
23 Kentucky Coffee Tree
24 Globe Elm


herb garden
The Herb Garden is a gift of the Herb Society of Greater Cincinnati.

Hauck Botanic Garden

The Hauck Botanic Garden is part of the award-winning Cincinnati Park system located at the corner of William Howard Taft and Reading Roads in Avondale. The park, bequeathed to Cincinnati Parks by the late Cornelius Hauck, encompasses much of Mr. Hauck's estate known as Sooty Acres. While the Civic Garden Center resides on a portion of the park, most of the park is owned and maintained by the Cincinnati Park Board.

The Civic Garden Center has developed gardens throughout the park that are maintained by staff and volunteers. These garden areas include the Pat Kipp Memorial Shade Garden, the Morgens Bretz Memorial Garden, the Peg Macneale Memorial Daffodil Garden, the Dwarf Conifer Garden, the Hoffman Terrace, the Sun and Butterfly Garden, the Reading Road Beautification Garden, the Stout Medal Award winning daylily collection, and the Herb Garden.


1934 Mr. Hauck bought additional property and began modifying and planting the area to create his vision of a sanctuary from the bustle of the city. It became known as ‘Sooty Acres’ due to the many coal burning factories that surrounded the site.

1942 The idea for the CGC was born in response to the Victory Garden Program. Peg Macneale was the first director of this agency, formed to be a gardening resource to the community.

1951 A two acre site was donated to be the new home of the CGC. It was part of the ‘Sooty Acres’ property of Mr. Hauck.

1960 A Plant, Herb and Hosta Sale was held which evolved into the annual May event.

1971 The Green Thumbs program was begun to teach gardening to children.

1975 The Dwarf Conifer Garden was established, the first of its kind in the city.

1981 Under the guidance of Margie Rauh, Executive Director, the Community Gardens Program began, quickly becoming a model for other cities.

1983 The Herb Demonstration Garden was established.

1999 The Pat Kipp Memorial Shade Garden was planted.

2002 The Outdoor Classroom for Compost Education was built in collaboration with Hamilton County Environmental Services.


Concolor Fir
Globe Elm
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Sargent's Weeping Hemlock
Concolor Fir
Hackberry (Very Old)
Weeping Mulberry
Multi-stemmed Red Buckeye
Weeping Alaska Cedar
Colony of Bottle Brush Buckeye
White-flowering Redbud
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Cedar of Lebanon
Weeping Breech
Colony of Bottle Brush Buckeye
Bald Cypress
Chinese Elm
Dawn Redwood
Shingle Oak
Lea's Oak
European Beech (Copper)
European Beech (Copper)
Columnar Beech
cucumber magnolia
Cucumber Magnolia
Upright English Oak
hauck house
Hauck House (currenlty Cincinnati Parks board office)
Carriage House
private offices
Hauck Gibson House (Private Offices)
Garden Cottage

garden cottage

Outdoor Classroom.
upper terraceUpper Terrace
Peggy Macneale Memorial Daffodil Garden
Hydrangea Collection
Hoffman Terrace
Dwarf Conifer Garden.
bretz memorial garden
Morgan Bretz Memorial Garden
civic garden center
The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution that builds community through gardening. We achieve this by enriching lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. We are also a horticultural resource for those interested in the positive impact of green and growing things in their own llives.
Reading Road Garden.
Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden and Daylily Collection
shade garden
Pat Kipp Memorial Shade Garden