Monday, December 22, 2008

Wrapping Up

We are wrapping up another year at the Civic Garden Center. It sure has been a busy one! I just ran a quick tally of events and classes that we've had in 2008 and the numbers are very interesting! We had 4,002 adults and 2,581 kids attend either a class, tour, lecture, sale, tea, or one of our many events! And those are just the folks that we were able to count. That does not represent folks that come in to see what we are up to, shop, use the library, or walk the grounds.
We spent the majority of our time teaching people how to garden, raise their own nutritious foods, and do it in an organic, sustainable manner. Kids came to the CGC and learned about composting, feeding furry friends, and native American traditions - just to name a few of the topics covered. We had a fantastic Plant, Herb and Hosta Sale along with a fabulous Glorious Gardens Tour. The Flavors of Neighborhood Gardens drew a crowd of community gardeners/cooks and friends that joined together for an evening of delicious food and lots of fun. Bulb Day brought in people to learn about forcing bulbs, their history and their importance to our world.

As you can see it has been a busy year. We are looking forward to 2009 and all of the possibilities and changes that will be coming our way. And - we are looking forward to seeing you. Come on by for a visit, take a class or attend one of our events. Be sure to check our website ( frequently for all the news and details.

The CGC is blessed with many friends. We thank you for your generosity of mind, body, spirit, and dare I say, wallet. The staff of CGC wish you all happy holidays and the best in the new year.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Tree Sale

These trees are the best you'll find in town! Our parking lot smells soooo good. Come on by, check out the trees and come in for a cookie or two.
Civic Garden Center's
Annual Christmas Tree Sale
Open Friday, November 28th
Saturday & Sunday, too!
from 10am - 4pm
(closed Thanksgiving Day)
Additional Hours:
Monday - Friday Noon - 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 4pm
Fabulous Fraser Firs, wreaths, pine roping, cut greens and
handmade holiday arrangements available.
Enjoy cookies and cocoa in the lobby while you peruse Clay Alliance pottery, handmade ornaments, and other gift items that are available to purchase.
Tree Size
Price (includes Tax)
5 - 6 ft $42.60
6 - 7 ft $55.38
7 - 8 ft $69.23
8 - 9 ft $95.85

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Calling all Civic Garden Center volunteers!

Please join us for a dinner in your honor on November 18, 2008 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. We will provide you with a sumptuous meal prepared by CGC staff and present awards for volunteers of the year. The most important part of the evening will be sharing in fellowship of kindred spirits! Please RSVP to Connie Booth at 513-221-0981 ext. 14 or email her at

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ises Presents Avant Garden

From Terry

Join us at our Big Event!

ISES Presents
To benefit the
Green Learning Station
at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

Six star studded teams are set to vie for the Second Annual IRON FLORIST title on Thursday, October 23 when ISES presents Avant-Garden at the Paul Brown Stadium East Club, benefitting the Green Learning Station at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. Janeen Coyle, WGRR radio commentator, will emcee the competition and live auction of the Iron Florist creations and several one-of-a-kind items.

Kevin Ford, 2007 Iron Florist champion, will team up with notables Brewster Rhoads (political consultant and Ohio River kayaker), Ronda Androski (Arnold’s Restaurant), and Ron Wilson (Natorp’s Yard Boy). The horticulture team from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Steve Foltz, Brian Jorg, Lyn Lutz and Dave Jennike) will give a hand to Ron Padgett of Pollination. Cincinnati Parks sends in the sister act plus two: Melanie Holthaus and Tamia Schumann (Adrian Durban Forist) will be supported by sister Andrea Schepmann (Krohn) and her Parks buddies Lindsey Stock and Bethany Butler. TV and radio mavens Suzanne Bona (WGUC), Mary Ann Zeleznik (WVXU), Jennifer Dalton (Local12) and Tara Pachmayer (Local12) will be looking for more than florist pointers from Robin Wood of Robin Wood Florist. Jones the Florist is sending up Mike Bourke with Cincinnati Council member Laketa Cole, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, and former Cincinnati Council member Jim Tarbell. But, lookout for Team #6 – Jeff Green, H. J. Benken Florist, teams up with CGC insiders Margie Rauh, former CGC Executive Director; Cindy Schrader, CGC Board member; Nina Jones, CGC Volunteer; and, David White, Outer Space Landscape and former CGC Staff.

The evening also includes a delicious dinner-by-the-bite, music by Stoopid Rooster, and Silent Auction tables with garden themes and ‘gotta have it’ items.

The International Special Events Society (ISES) has adopted the Civic Garden Center again this year as their community outreach partner. Professionals throughout the special events industry have teamed up to create a highly memorable evening to benefit the Civic Garden Center and, specifically, completion of the Green Learning Station. This project is transforming a former gas station into a permanent demonstration and education area showing how natural solutions to storm water management can reduce energy dependence and cost, while adding beauty to the landscape.

ISES Presents Avant-Garden
October 23, 2008 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Paul Brown Stadium East Club
$60 per person
Reservations: 513-221-0981 ext. 18

Delicious Dinner by the bite
2008 IRON FLORIST Competition
Live Auction, including the Iron Florist arrangements
Silent Auction
And more…………

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tree Expert

From Paul

This just in: Free Advice - SPECIAL STORM CLEAN-UP SHOW: Steve Sandfort, the Uban Forester, will offer tips and take listener questions about the best and safest way to clean up in the aftermath of last Sunday's powerful windstorm (( Send an e-mail )). Check out for further information.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The aftermath of Ike

From Terry
We've survived a weather oddity but not without some losses. The Civic Garden Center was not alone in the destruction of very large trees. We've lost a good chunk of the large Ginko, a very old Hackberry, several Spruces and this Sugar Maple. There are other trees that sustained damage which we have not yet completely identified as other trees have knocked them over and covered them with their branches and limbs. It's like losing an old friend when a tree dies and we are all saddened.
But as the old saying goes - when a door closes a window opens, and in this case windows of light will be shining through what once was a shady canopy allowing different plants and trees to grow, forming a new and changing landscape. After all, gardening is all about change - choices that we make or choices that are made for us by nature.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cincinnati Cactus & Succulent Society Sale

From Terry

Cincinnati Cactus & Succulent Society

Annual Plant Sale of Cacti & Succulents:

The event will feature rooted and bare root cacti and succulents. A few possible varieties include Agave, Aloe, Cereus, Euphorbia, Opuntia, Crassula and Sansevieria. Sizes will vary.

Society members will be on hand to discuss care and potting methods, along with any other questions.

Announcement/Public Notice:

The Cincinnati Cactus and Succulent Society will be sponsoring a Plant Sale on Saturday, September 13th, 2008, in the lobby of Krohn Conservatory. The Sale begins at 11am and continues until 3 pm unless sold out earlier.

Call Pam Wilbers if you have any questions: 859-781-1132.

Items are donated by members and friends of the club.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Talking Trash

From Paul

Picking up trash outside is probably the most-hated job here.
Tuesday I spent more than an hour picking up trash. In that time, I filled two garbage bags with:
a lot of food containers from the local fast food restaurant:
straw wrappers,
burger boxes and wrappers,
lids and straws,
chip bags;
cans (not always empty; ALWAYS wear gloves for trash pickup),
one sign,
empty cigarette packs,
an empty perfume spritzer, a hospital i.d. bracelet,
water bottles,
batteries (AA and AAA),
and plastic wrappers from a wide variety of consumer items.

While it would have added considerably to the weight of the bag, I wouldn't have minded seeing discarded copies of works by Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity and their like. As long as they were not wet or physically filthy, they could have at least gone into the ABITIBI dumpster for paper recycling. But no, we have to pick up other, even less useful waste.

It's extremely discouraging to work hard at maintaining a place of beauty when it seems like passersby (admittedly not all of them) care so little that they discard anything they are done with. Is it too hard to dispose of waste properly?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dog Days of Summer

From Terry

The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere they usually fall between early July and early September whilst in the Southern hemisphere February to March. The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. - Wikipedia

The first part of the definition is all so true and evident, presently. The later, well, it's not so true for the Civic Garden Center! We are busy with tending the community gardens and our lovely grounds. Our 4th quarter newsletter is being edited now and should be in homes in early September. We have great classes coming up!

Several events are looming in October:

10/07 Architectural Lecture: Making the Case for Green Building

Presented by Gary Jay Saulson, Director of Corporate Real Estate, The PNC Financial Services Group

Presentation will be made at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street with a reception immediately following at the Civic Garden Center (just a walk through the parking lot, really).

4:30pm Doors open - registration

5:00pm Mr. Saulson's lecture

6:00pm Reception at the Civic Garden Center

$20 advance registration (by 10/03)

$25 day of event

$75 patron level

10/10 Flavors of Neighborhood Gardens

At CGC on the patio


Enjoy food prepared by our community gardeners and staff. This event is free and tasty! The harvest will provide us with ample flavors and tastes of our favorite recipes featuring locally grown produce - there may even be a sweet potato surprise involved!

10/11 Fourth Annual Bulb Day

Attend a full day for $40 or individual sessions

Class: The Charm and Importance of Historic Daffodils

9:30-10:45am $10

Presented by Mary Lou Gripshover, SWODS member and past president of ADS. All of the daffodils on the market today are progeny of daffodils of history. Mary Lou will share her perspective on the value of historic bulbs.

Workshop: Forcing Layers of Bulbs

11:00am - Noon $20

Miggie Jacobs will demonstrate forcing and layering techniques. Take home the pot of bulbs that you plant!

Lunch and Featured Speaker, Bill Lee: Perennials for the Dry Garden: Ideal Daffodil Companion Plants

12:30 - 2:00pm $20

"Mr. Daffodil" will present how his garden grows - after the daffs have bloomed - the "rest" of the season, relying solely on rainfall for moisture.

Avant Garden

10/23 7:00-10pm $60

Paul Brown Stadium, East Room

Iron Florist Competition, food, drinks, silent auction, live auction - all supporting the Civic Garden Center's Green Learning Station project.

For all classes/events please call 513-221-0981 ext. 18 to make your reservations. See you soon!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wildlife Management

From Paul

Wildlife management?

I've been eyeing our 'Westersted' witchhazel for some time now. I'm not sure how long we've had it, but it's rather leggy and tree-like. This might suit some fine, as this would be an unusual alternative to the average patio tree (dogwood, redbud, crabapple, etc.).

But, I want to see more blooms, and the way you get more blooms is to have more stems that can bear them. So, that's why I've been contemplating giving the 'Westerstede' a once-over tip pruning. Doing so would encourage vegetative buds further back on the branches to break and grow.

Today, though, I noticed that some creature (squirrels, I think; possibly chipmunks) have been removing branch tips to get at this season's nearly ripe seed pods.

Normally, this would tick me off and get me thinking of ways to, erm, discourage said creatures (Don't get me wrong, I really do like wildlife, but one can only take so much before going Elmer Fudd), but this may turn out (I hope) to have serendipitously met my pruning goals.

I wonder if I could get the critters to tarp the trimmings and take them to the compost.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Arum italicum

From Paul

Arum italicum

Arum italicum is an odd plant that is, paradoxically, both coming into and passing out of interest right now. The fruit, which consists of green berries which ripen to a showy orange-red, is clustered on what was the spadix (if you imagine the bloom of a Jack-in-the-pulpit, which is in the same family, the spadix would be "Jack", and the hood-like "pulpit" is called the spathe). The spadix, with its clinging berries, is all that remains of the plant now, and the berries are disappearing as they ripen.

On the up-side, it seems that the mockingbirds are the cause of the disappearances. I watched a group of them swooping down around a cluster of berried stalks. The various individuals then tried to hop up and grab a berry (missing, and subsequently looking very awkward, sometimes).

So, while the missing ripe fruit would be of interest in itself, the bird show has made up for it.

Look for the leaves, which typically have a marbled appearace due to near white venation, to reappear either in late Fall or early next Spring, depending on the weather.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Nina Tolley Exhibit

From Terry

We have a beautiful new exhibit at CGC. Nina Tolley has numerous pastels of flowers, still lifes, and nature scenes.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Feeding The Bugs

From Paul

spicebush swallowtail larva

Feeding the bugs

As much as it seems to run counter to what gardeners normally want, I like to feed certain bugs. Caterpillars, to be more specific.

As a kid, I spent many hours watching Monarch caterpillars eating their way through the leaves of the common milkweed (Asclepias syriacus). For some reason, I came to believe that was the only milkweed they fed upon. So, I was very happily surprised a few years ago to find many of my Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) cultivars ('Ice Ballet', 'Cinderella', and 'Soulmate'- all various shades of pink) serving as host-plants to around a dozen Danaus plexippus (the latin moniker for Monarch butterflies) larvae.

early instar of spicebush swallowtail larva

Other garden-plant/butterfly relationships are quite common, although not all are exactly desirable. The larvae of the cabbage white (Pieris rapae) may be unwelcome to the grower of any of the mustard family (which includes cabbages, lettuces, turnips, broccoli, etc.). Still, it feels like there's a certain magic going on when one stirs up and walks through a fluttering cloud of dozens of them.
In my own garden, I allow the caterpillars of black swallowtails (Papilio polyxenes) free rein to munch my bronze fennels. This year, in the hopes of watching the metamorphosis from larvae to butterfly, we built a "cage" to hold larvae and their food. I may have to supplement the fennel with other plants in the parsley family (dill, carrots, Queen Anne's lace, etc.). As exciting as it is to watch this development, I got even more excited earlier this week when I discovered caterpillars of the spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus).

I've had a spicebush for several years now (there's one at the CGC, too!), and have also been aware that it was a larval food plant, but apparently missed seeing the caterpillars before. Now that I know they've "found" the plant, I feel like the plant has yet another season of interest (although rather a subtle one)!

The CGC has many plants that serve as both larval food host and nectar plants for adults (butterflies). Stop by and take a closer look to see who is nibbling on what!

black swallowtail larva

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shopping & Searching

From Terry

Here's something that is easy to do and is a win-win for both you and the Civic Garden center:

If you're looking for a search engine that benefits our cause, consider Here's what makes so useful:
1) We receive exactly $0.01 per qualified search - no hidden fees, no vague percentages, no limits;
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4) You can keep track of your individual contributions through their parent program,;
5) If you shop online, up to 26% of each purchase via also benefits our cause!
6) It's powered by (a site that has been helping causes raise money online since 1997), so we know it's not just a flash in the pan!
See it for yourself at:

So, go ahead, do a little surfing and a little shopping and automatically make a contribution to the Civic Garden Center! Thanks!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rescue of Long Time Roving Chow

I wish I had taken a photograph of Gibson, today. She stopped by with her new human. Gibson has been roving the grounds of the Civic Garden Center for about six years. All this time, people that worked at the Gibson House (up the hill from our grounds) have been feeding her. We all tried at one point or another to get close to her but she was always elusive and skittish.

When the tenant's of Gibson house were moving, one of them decided it was time to rescue this matted, smelly Chow and did so by hiring a company to humanely trap the dog. They accomplished the feat and Gibson, the chow, was carted off to the groomer to be shaved and bathed. She then made a trip to the vet's office, had a full check up, shots, and was confirmed to be in good health.

Happily, Gibson, now has a home that she shares with two other dogs. All of us at CGC, including our Dirt Crew, were relieved to know that Gibson is well and being well cared for. It's so nice to share true story with a happy ending and to have finally been able to pet Gibson!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Paul's Personal Mission

From Paul:

What goes around…

This will make me sound like a pessimist and, really, I'm not. I'm just passing on my observations. Can I help it that I notice things that others would rather not see?

The weeds are thriving this year. Woodsorrels (both Oxalis dillenii and O. corniculata) are rampant. Pokeweeds (Phytolacca americana) are flourishing. In our own yard we've been trying to keep black medick (Medicago lupulina) at bay (to little effect).

Then there's the poison ivy.

One of my personal missions in life is to make sure that as many people as possible know what poison ivy looks like. If I don't accomplish anything else important, I can rest assured that I have helped a few more folks avoid contact with the stuff.

That's been both easy and difficult this year. Easy because it seems to be growing very vigorously this year (probably due to the increased rainfall we've experienced this year, but I understand we can expect increased growth rates as atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels rise). That makes for lots of samples to show off. Difficult because with so many "samples," I can't keep visitors to our gardens from coming across them before I have made sure they've been "introduced."

So, here's a sample of Toxicodendron radicans (Rhus radicans). Consider yourself safely introduced (no need to shake hands!), and go forth keeping in mind the old saying "Leaflets three, let it be." (Is it just me, or can you hear Paul McCartney singing that, too?)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

From Cara:

I just returned from vacation Tuesday, after being away for 10 days, and was amazed at how much growth has occurred in the gardens here (and for once I am not just talking about weeds)! When I walked up the brick path into the building I noticed the two urns in the herb garden were overflowing with pink and purple petunias, and the cannas and elephant ears had grown at least a foot in height and were much fuller. The blossoms on the Annabelle Hydrangeas have more than doubled in size, and just about every Daylily in the collection is showing off its colors. The butterfly garden is abounding with flowers, and next to the Daylilies and the All-American Selections Annual Display, it is quite a show! I am not sure if it is the rain we've had recently or just having been away for over a week, but I am continually impressed with the beauty of the gardens here and how the plants thrive. It makes me see how many little things are happening everyday that we pass right by and give no notice to. Even working in these gardens everyday, I realize that even I need to stop and smell the flowers!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Here's something fun to do and CGC gets all proceeds from the tickets that we sell.

2008 Meyer Aquascapes Pondarama
6th Annual Pond Tour

Saturday July 26th & Sunday July 27th

Come join us for a self guided tour of twenty-eight of the most beautiful water features in the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Check out for further information. Tickets are available for purchase ($10.00 each) at the Civic Garden Center.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Holiday Schedule

From Terry

This is a short blog today. I just wanted to let folks know that the CGC will be closed for the weekend in observance of Independence Day. The staff will be using this time for "extra" vacation, and enjoying time with family and friends. The gardens are open, though, just not the building. You are always welcome to come for a stroll, pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Don't forget to look for the plant of the week. It's a Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata) and is in full glory right now! Have a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Contemporary Quilt & Fiber Artists Exhibit

From Terry

Members of Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists are exhibiting their art in a "Summer Showcase" at the Civic Garden Center July 1 - 31. More than fifty quilts and a variety of hand-crafted dolls, bowls, orbs, scarves, shawls, and bracelets are available for public enjoyment. Almost all items are for sale.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer has arrived

From Terry

Summer is certainly here! Remember how beautiful the weather was last week? Well, that's all changed for sure. One thing, though, the grounds here are absolutely beautiful. We've just added our 3rd plant of the week to our website, let me say that if we had scratch & sniff ability on the internet - that would really be fantastic! I've found that there is a light floral scent throughout the garden/park. The Oak Leaf Hydrangea and the Bottle Brush Buckeye are so pleasant smelling. Come by for a real sniff.

Monday will have our lobby adorned with items from the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists' Summer Showcase. I expect that there will be all kinds of creativity flowing with this incredible display of handmade artistry. Stop in and enjoy. We finally have AC after much investigating and labor - it makes the CGC a nice place to cool off after taking a stroll through the gardens. After the exhibit gets installed, I'll post a few photos.

Monday, June 23, 2008


From Terry

It's an ongoing challenge for all non-profits. We are always trying to raise funds to support the organization, its programs, and operational needs. Some of us are home owners and know the joy and pain that enjoying and maintaining a home can be. It's no different with our beloved Civic Garden Center building. Today, we have HVAC repair people here and two volunteers working on repairing a badly leaking gutter, but the grounds are a sight to behold! I'm in the process of sending out a reminder postcard for our Spring Appeal. Our donations are down this year, but our costs are not. When you donate, you will receive a 10% Retail Discount Card that can be used at many of our local garden centers AND your donation helps us GROW our programs and maintain our building & grounds.

The 2nd plant of the week has been posted on our website - check it out and stop in for your POW Scavenger Hunt Card. I'm sure that you'll enjoy looking for this plant and walking through Sooty Acres aka Hauck Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Classes

From Terry

We have lots of classes coming up this summer. For a full list go to our website, and click on the Education menu and then on Class Updates to get the full list. There are a couple that I'd like to tell you about:

Organic Lawn Care
Saturday August 9, 10am-Noon
Wes Duren, Landscape Manager, Marvin’s Organic Gardens will be leading the class. For those of you who have yet to seed your lawn, or have an existing lawn and want to rejuvenate it, Wes Duren will share a natural, more holistic approach to lawn care established by Marvin’s Organic Gardens. For every lawn problem, there are many organic, chemical free solutions. These methods are tried and true, and will equip you with techniques to eliminate dependence on harsh chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. If you stop to think about the abundance of chemicals that lawn care companies spread each spring, summer, and fall you'll realize the importance of finding and using Organic methods to care for your lawn.

Birds of the Tri-State
Saturday, August 23, 10am-2pm
Brian Jorg, Horticulturist, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will share his knowledge of our flying and feathered friends. Join Brian Jorg for a presentation on the birds of the tri-state region. See the rich diversity of feathered fauna that can be found in our area. Just in time for the fall migration, we will also discuss some of the best locations in our area to view these winged wonders. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, June 16, 2008

What's up this month with volunteers?

From Connie at the Volunteer Desk

The season is full blown and there are lots of ways to get out in the garden this year. The phone number at the CGC: 513.221-0981

Summer Sprouts are up and running for the summer.
Last week Corina (Youth Ed Cord) held cook-outs in each garden to get things rolling.
If you enjoy kids and want to make a difference this summer, help out a day or two at one of the five gardens. Volunteer slots available afternoons Sundays through Fridays and some mornings. Get in touch with me or Corina to get plugged into this fun project.

Neighborhood Gardens always have projects for a few extra folks to put their energy into. Most work is done during the week, with arrangements made through Peter, our Neighborhood Gardens Corrdinator. Lots of garden clean-up and maintenance, and also construction projects from time to time, like building arbors, raised beds, etc.

Wed morning DIRT CREW meets weekly to maintain the grounds
Tues morning HERB GARDEN TEAM meets weekly to work in the demonstration herb garden

Are Special Events Your Interest?
July 24 Neighborhood Gardens Tour Help needed with set-up, registration, clean-up.


M3C3 city-wide volunteer day - groups from GE and PNC Bank swarmed the grounds to clean up the gardens and begin the renovation of one of the garden areas
Cincinnati Bell Volunteers did a weedin blitz of the Butterfly Garden piling up 15 tarps with weeds for the big compost heap
What a boost these groups gave us in our beautification efforts to keep our urban oasis beautiful !

Monday at CGC

From Terry:

Today - the first day of the work week is starting us off running. Corina has already loaded up one of the trucks for working in the kids gardens and has headed out with Luke, one of our summer interns - it's not even 9am yet!

Speaking of Corina (we affectionately call her CoCo)'s been a wonderful thing working here at CGC, I have personally made many friends, one of them being Corina. She came over to my backyard garden and helped me weed bright and early Saturday morning. Man, those thistle had no idea what was in store for them on Saturday! With Corina's help, my big veggie garden was transformed from weed patch to a mulched and respectable garden. Thanks, CoCo!

Stop in the lobby to see the Turned Bowl exhibit by Jim Goethel. Jim labels each piece that he turns with the name of the wood that he uses to create the beautiful and functional works of art (all items are food safe). Portions of proceeds help support the CGC.

Friday, June 13, 2008

From Vickiec

I'm attempting to get this blog moving so Terry's not just talking to herself. How many of you know about the Civic Garden Center? We're affectionately known as the secret oasis, or the best kept secret in town. We don't want to be a secret! So, come visit us, check out the website, take a class, get involved in your Neighborhood Garden.

Plant of the Week

From Terry:

Can you identify and find this plant at CGC?

Remember to check our website, at the very least, weekly. We've just added a new feature: Plant of the week. Here's one of the photos - come by, pick up your plant of the week scavenger hunt card, spot the plant and have it checked on the card. Do this five times and you get a free $10 class at CGC.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

This is a First!

From Terry:

This is my first time blogging. I thought I could give this a try to see if folks are looking for info in blogs about gardening, classes, events, event rentals, or anything else in which the Civic Garden Center is involved. There is always so much going on at CGC that I want everyone to know about us.

Take today for instance. We have rented our auditorium to the Cincinnati Youth Collaboration. They are conducting a meeting and it sounds like they are having a good one, there is much laughter seeping through the door. Yesterday, the Cincinnati Association for the Blind had a staff retreat here and Cara Hague, one of our staff horticulturists, gave the group a tour of the grounds and Hauck Botanic Garden. There were lots of plants to see, touch and smell.

Also, we've started a new feature on our website ( for Plant of the Week. Check it out. There's even a scavenger hunt for the plant of the week - stop by and we'll tell you all about it.

I spotted a few folks eating lunch on our patio and down in the garden at our new picnic table. It's such a beautiful day and a great place to enjoy a few quiet moments.

I'll blog more, I'm really just seeing how this whole thing works. Thanks.