THE Plant Sale





DUE TO COVID19 VIRUS WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO CANCEL THE PLANT SALE THIS YEAR.  While this saddens us to cancel our largest fundraiser of the year, it is the right action to take in order to keep our volunteers, patrons, and staff as safe as possible.  The Civic Garden Center thanks you for your patronage over the many years of THE Plant Sale and looks forward to 2021’s sale.


THE Plant Sale – Refreshed Again in 2020!

Friday, May 1st
A Happy Planet Happy Hour — 5:30 – 8:30 PM (Ticketed Event)

We’re partnering with a variety of green organization to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to live more sustainably. Share your commitment to the environment and to the Civic Garden Center as we strive to create a unique zero waste event.

  • Get first shot at everything exotic and routine and everything in-between in the plant world
  • Enjoy food by the bite
  • Wine from Kobrand 
  • Craft beer from MadTree and Rhinegeist
  • Learn about backyard composting, native plants, beekeeping, solar panels, rain barrels, and more
  • Help reduce waste by using the Resource Recovery Stations around the event to compost and recycle
  • Activities for the KIDS!

Tickets are $25 per person and includes one drink ticket. Kids under 13 years of age get in FREE.

Available parking lots (free):

  • MERC Building Lot (620 Oak Street)
  • TriHealth Surface Lot ( 2880 Reading Road) 
  • Vernon Manor (400 Oak Street)
  • Hand Surgery Lot (538 Oak Street, after 5:30pm)
  • Children’s Hospital Daycare (520 Linton Street)

Saturday, May 2nd
The Main Event — 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Plants are still the stars at THE Plant Sale! Free & Open to the Public

  • Shop for heirlooms, natives, and other hard to find varieties of plants
  • Select many of your tried and true plant favorites
  • Grab a bite or a beverage from our food vendors
  • Ask the experts booth and other informative speakers
  • Tour our beautiful grounds or Green Learning Station
  • Visit our Corner Shop in the lobby of the CGC facility to find well made garden tools, hand crafted garden related gifts, eco-chic and up-cycled items for the gardener, organic seeds and fine garden hats.

Available parking lots (free):

  • Hand Surgery Lot (538 Oak Street)
  • MERC Building Lot (620 Oak Street)
  • Vernon Manor (400 Oak Street)
  • Children’s Hospital Daycare (520 Linton Street)
  • June Street Garage (2664 Essex Place)

THE Plant Sale is still our main fundraising event for the year, so please tell your friends that every plant they buy helps provide funding for our community and school gardening, educational, and environmental stewardship programs.

Carts and wagwheelborrowons are supplied, but in high demand! Please bring your own wagon, basket or cart to carry plants through the sale and out to your car.

Parking is available at the Hand Surgery parking lot across Oak Street, and several other nearby locations. Park-a-Pot stations are set up throughout the site and in the CGC parking lot to assist you in keeping track of your plants while you’re at the sale and to make getting them to your car easier.

Plants are paid for at a central Check Out Station in the CGC parking lot.  A new checkout system, implemented in 2015, helps our volunteers process customers as quickly as possible. Grouping your plants plants together by type (i.e. Annuals, Herbs, Veggies, etc.) helps assure a quicker check out.  Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted.

See you in May!