About GLS

The Civic Garden Center introduces The Green Learning Station – a place where sustainability takes root. A place where all generations can get hands-on experience and support in using environmentally responsible methods to grow gardens anywhere and everywhere: yards, rooftops, walls, patios, driveways and parking lots.

It’s more than plants. The Green Learning Station is teaching about planting with
the environment in mind, including:

  • Rain barrels and pervious pavers
  • Rain gardens, bioswales and green roofs
  • Alternatives to traditional sprinklers
  • Making and using compost effectively
  • Gardening techniques that maximize water usage and space
  • Natural insect, disease and weed control
  • The health and economic benefits of locally grown food.

The Green Learning Station is a place for people to get outside, play around with science and sustainability concepts and take new ideas home to try. We offer a wide range of classes, tours and workshops for people of all ages, and science field trips for middle and high school students.

Our site is a learning laboratory for students, professors and researchers to collect information about “green infrastructure,” or surfaces that let water go through them instead of into the storm sewers. If you are interested in learning more about our research efforts, please contact Program Manager Kylie Johnson.gls-logo-with-tagline

The Civic Garden Center is a non-profit organization with the mission of building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. It accomplishes this mission by supporting more than forty Community Gardens, bringing educational programs to schools and children’s gardens and teaching classes on its grounds. The CGC is home to the Hoffman Horticultural library, with over 2,600 plant related books and other media. The Center was founded in 1942 and is adjacent to the Hauck Botanic Garden, a Cincinnati Park.