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 Weeds Will Always Be With Us

It’s been a rough week in the neighborhood – not because anything particularly bad happened, but because I was in neighborhoods more than schools this past week and reminded of how tough life is. Our neighborhood gardens are built strongly …

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Plant Lore: Snakeroot

Twice this week I had people comment on a weedy looking plant with white flowers that is growing in the Civic Garden Center’s Backyard Vegetable Garden. Since then, I have been seeing it all over town: mostly on the edges …

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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 – …

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Spring Wildflowers are Here!

My family had a picnic (in February!) in Hauck Botanic Garden the other night and while most of the grounds still felt dormant, we knew spring was on its way by the bright yellow winter aconites pushing up throughout the …

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Winter Sowing: The Cure for Cabin Fever!

I was recently introduced to a very intriguing concept in seed starting, called winter sowing.  A friend of mine explained that she has been using this method for several years to start seeds of perennial plants, and that some people …

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The Civic Garden Center is hosting a free, mid-winter seed swap and we want you to come! When: February 2, 6-8 pm Where: 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (between WH Taft and Oak) How it works: We will have …

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