Pick up new kitchen skills and recipe ideas at the Civic Garden Center’s summer food classes  August is a time of bounty in the garden (and farmers’ markets)… so what are you going to do with all those fruits and …

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Iridescent Beetles Galore

As a gardener, I have a wide range of feelings about insects. I go out of my way to attract certain insects to my vegetable garden, namely pollinators and insects that eat or parasitize garden pests. While some visitors to …

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How easy is it to build Green?

I hear a great many people talking about being green, living healthier, sustainability and what it all means these days. And I freely admit it makes me happy. It seems more and more people are focusing on there own “foot …

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When Civic Garden Center staff and volunteers think of the first weekend of May, our automatic first association is THE Plant Sale. It has been happening for over 60 years now and it is the big event for many Cincinnati …

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Backyard Bouquet Sun Perennials

Who can resist the splendor of a bouquet of freshly cut flowers ? How would you like to grow your own bouquets for family and friends? Sun perennials (SP) offer a sustainable and economical choice for a cutting garden. Once …

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The Case for a Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

The Civic Garden Center sells Fraser fir trees exclusively, because we have become convinced of their superior quality for cut Christmas trees. Wonderfully fragrant, Abies fraseri, or Fraser’s fir, tends to have many stout branches on which to hang ornaments. …

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The Green Learning Station is proud to be the highest tech parking lot in the Midwest. We are home to an experiment comparing six types of pavement, five of which let water flow through them. How does pervious paving work? …

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by Michele Dragga, CGC Hoffman Library Committee The Hoffman Library has always had a collection of resource books for youth education available for teachers and parents looking for ideas for engaging children in nature or gardening activities. However, it’s had …

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