Sunday, December 6, 2009
Q: There are small black hard shell insects on the underside of my ficus tree leaves. What can I do to eliminate them?
A: Spray with horticultural oil. http://gardening.about.com/od/naturalorganiccontrol/a/Hort_Oil.htm
Q: I have dug up some peonies; how can I store these over winter?
A: Do not wash rhizome; shake or gently break away soil.
With sterilized knife (dip knife in alcohol) cut out damaged or rotting areas.
Cut four holes in a gallon plastic bag on both sides.
Dampen peat mos, vermiculite or sawdust slightly (damp but not soggy)
Place peat moss in plastic bag, tuck in rhizome and seal bag
Store in cool dark place
Remove rhizome from bag, weekly, and check for rot
Cut off any rotting areas with sterile knife and return to plastic bag, making sure
storage material stays damp; place back into storage
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Christmas Tree Sale at the Civic Garden Center!
Our parking lot smells sooooo good! We have assorted sizes from 3-4 feet all the way to 8-9 feet tall trees. All are Fraser Firs from North Carolina with perfect tops for that Angel or Star that's been in the family for generations. Or start your own tradition and use something non-traditional as your tree topper!
We are open from 9am-6pm Monday - Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday for the tree sale. Stop in and shop our lobby for hand made pottery and CGC logo wear.
Here are some tips for taking care of that tree over the holidays.
- Keep your tree in a cool place until you bring it into your home.
- Make a fresh cut to remove about an inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in a stand or bucket.
- Place your tree in warm water as soon as possible (tap water is fine to use).
- As a general rule, provide your tree with 1 liter of water per inch of stem diameter.
- Check the water level daily to make sure it does not go below the base of the tree.
- Visit www.hcdoes.org/yardwaste to find out how to properly dispose of your Christmas tree this year!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here's a brief run down. For more info visit our website.
7/29 Introduction to using a rain barrel 6pm $10
8/05 Lunch & Learn: Ornamental shrubs Noon Free
8/12 Square Foot Gardening for the Fall Garden 6:30pm $10
8/13 Small Trees 6pm $10
8/16 Needle Felted Flower Pins - craft class 1pm $25
8/17 Bees in the Burbs 6pm $10
8/18 Diversity in the Landscape 6pm $10
8/29 Gourd Art - craft class 9:30am $20
September will bring us the CGC first ever Organic Wine Tasting on the patio -9/18 from 5-8pm $25; reservations required 513-221-0981.
October we have two big events planned. The first and a really fun one is our annual Flavors of Neighborhood Gardens. Come enjoy a relaxing evening on the patio while you sample the harvest of our community gardeners bounty. This is a free event and donations are welcome! 10/9 from 6-8pm, rsvp 513-221-0981.
Then we have Bulb Day on 10/10. We will have a multitude of daffodils and various other bulbs for sale with guest speakers, activities, and more. Details will follow for times and pricing.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Our next big event is our annual Neighborhood Gardens Tour on July 23rd from 5:30 - 8:30pm. For $10 dollars you get to visit three our our well established gardens, ride the big air conditioned bus, and have a refreshment or two. We will be visiting the following gardens:
Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden
Pendleton Children’s Garden
Purcell-Marion Community Garden
If you'd like to join us, please call 513-221-0981 to make your reservations.
That's it for now.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Check out our slide show: http://www.civicgardencenter.org/garden_files/events.htm
Now we are onto our next event, our Glorious Gardens Tour. You won't want to miss this opportunity to tour three charming private gardens in Indian Hill, at your own pace, featuring an outstanding peony collection as well as themed gardens, water features, sculpture accents and an extensive variety of plants.
Check out our website for all the details: http://www.civicgardencenter.org/index.htm (see the side bar for Save the Dates).
There is always something going at CGC! Stop by to see how lush the grounds are, pack a lunch, and enjoy it on the patio.
BTW, we still have a few left over plants. I know there are roses, tropicals, and a few other miscellaneous plants. Come on by and buy at a discount!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We've had a bit of a tease, a warm day or two, to give us a taste of spring. It's almost here, though, and I have proof! Check out these photos of spring flowers to give yourself a taste of what's to come. The daffodils will be popping up soon, too!
A rose colored Hellebores and a white Lenten Rose (Hellebores)
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
After being closed for two days due to the snow and icing that Cincinnati was hit with, I couldn't wait to get back to work. My favorite time of day is the morning and I love arriving here before anyone else. When I arrived this morning, the grounds were pristine, no human foot prints, just bunny, bird, and squirrel prints. I know the weight of the ice and snow can be damaging, but it's just so beautiful. I took a few photos to share.
This sparkling Serviceberry is outside the
Cottage Shop covered in ice. It looks like a
The birds were happy to have the feeders refilled. It makes it a whole lot easier to identify the birds with a white background. Today, I've seen sparrows, a tohee, junkos, doves, starlings, a downy woodpecker and cardinals.
Although, we are blanketed by snow, it's not slowing us down; we are very busy with many events and plans. Saturday 2/7 is our annual quilt tea. We are in the midst of preparing for the home and garden show. The Preview Party and Plant, Herb and Hosta Sale committees have been meeting and it's going to be great (May 1, 2 & 3). Check the website for details.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Smoky Mountain Wildflower Photography Trip
Focus on Flowers
Join Brian Jorg for a wildflower photography class in the Great Smoky Mountains - one of the most florally diverse regions in North America. A pre-trip meeting will take place April 6, 7-8:30pm at the Civic Garden Center. Our trip is scheduled when we should expect to see a profusion of blooms, such as the rare and unusual Yellow Lady’s Slipper orchid, Showy Orchids, Dwarf Crested Iris, and a number of Trillium species - all in their springtime glory.
· The cost to participate in this spectacular on site photography class will be $100.00 per person
· Transportation, lodging and meals will be on your own
· A block of rooms will be reserved for our tour
· Space will be limited.
All trails will range from easy to moderate. Attendees should be able to walk over uneven ground, and be able to walk moderate distances. Please contact Brian Jorg by e-mail (email@example.com ) for questions, or call the Civic Garden Center at 221-0981 to reserve your space now!
Digital Photography Workshop
May 14 &16, June 6 &11
Join us for this four-part digital photography workshop. This class is open to all beginner photographers. The class will consist of one evening of class room instruction and three on site classes that will focus on flower/macro photography, wildlife, and cityscapes.
· The cost for this four- part class is $45. 00 per person (space limited)
· Thursday, May 14, 6-8pm: Introduction at the CGC
· Saturday, May 16, 8-10am: Animals at the Cincinnati Zoo
· Saturday, June 6, 8-10am: Flowers at the CGC
· Thursday, June 11, 7-9pm: Cityscapes (off site location TBA)
Please contact Brian Jorg at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or call the Civic Garden Center at 221-0981 to reserve your space now!