The yarrow in the Pendleton garden is covered in bees. Their fuzzy faces, droopy antennae, fat, round abdomens, wobbly flight patterns, and yellow pollen sticking to their legs like leg warmers in a preschool ballet class are ridiculously endearing. Particularly …

Read More »

Tour Terraced Gardens in OTR

“Are we in Tuscany?” You’ll be wondering as you stroll through Ted Gantz’s terraced gardens off of Sycamore Street in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, June 26. Ted explains his gardens experience a micro-climate enabling survival of tropicals that would not …

Read More »

Potatoes in a Box

Potatoes are usually considered a space hog in the garden: you need to plant them in a large area in order to have enough to feed your household for more than a few meals. For this reason I have never …

Read More »

Why I Garden…

Have you looked at the forecast recently?  In my line of work (and leisure), I check the weather report at least once daily, sometimes several times a day to track storms or time activities around predicted rain.  Though it seems …

Read More »

Every year, I spend my entire garden budget on herbs.  Why does this happen?  One reason:  the UNBELIEVABLE selection of herbs at the Civic Garden Center’s annual Plant Sale.  Get a load of these numbers: 20 varieties of Basil 10 …

Read More »

It’s hard to avoid talking about the weather these days, especially as we have surpassed our average amount of rainfall for the month of April by about 8 inches!  It has been nearly impossible to work in the garden – …

Read More »

Paving that is Good for the Earth

It is Earth Day and here at the Civic Garden Center we are excited to see our first pervious paving test areas functioning beautifully in the intense rains we have had. Unfortunately, when it rains significantly in Cincinnati, our combined …

Read More »