The Civic Garden Center is a non-profit horticultural resource dedicated to ”building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship”. It is an oasis in the city – eight beautifully landscaped acres open daily to visitors at no charge and located 2.5 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Volunteers donate their time to maintain the grounds, and they and others provide financial support to the organization that was founded in 1942. Our cornerstone program – Community Gardens touch 23 communities with over 47 active gardens. Compost Kids and Summer Sprouts programs introduce young people to gardening. The newly dedicated Green Learning Station teaches homeowners, students and business owners how to keep rain where it falls, how to garden anywhere and everywhere and how to recycle and compost.
The Civic Garden Center provides education and information to individuals, schools, organizations and businesses through its Horticulture Helpline, library, classes, hands-on workshops, tours, special events and outreach programs. Visit the Civic Garden Center, Monday through Saturday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
The Dawes Arboretum is dedicated to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world. Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature. Today we remain dedicated to our mission through providing exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on over 1,800 acres of beautiful grounds. Peter Lowe, Native Landscape Manager, has experience with all landscape practices from sustainable to non-sustainable, Ohio Native Plants, seed collection and propagation, lecturing and education, as well as design and installation.