CGC has planted more than 45 gardens across Cincinnati in the past 30 years, and the gardens' leafy fruit have reached more than 2,000 community members. Driven by its community base, the neighborhood-gardens program furnishes flourishing garden beds with volunteers, water tanks, tools, and seeds. However, the gardens are commonly plagued with poor city soil, clogged with rubble and stripped of nutrients. CGC would like to infuse a community garden with 10 garden plots' worth of fresh, nutrient-rich soil, creating a fertile infrastructure that will support plantings for generations.
With over 100 years of experience in the fine art of floristry, the Durban family offers a large selection of flowers, as well as gift baskets, lollipop bouquets, fresh brownies, and other smile-inducing gift ideas. Welcome in the season of rebirth with Easter selections such as an Easter centerpiece ($49.95), a whimsical blooming garden basket ($39.95), or a traditional Easter lily ($29.95). Young men whose fancy has lightly turned to thoughts of love can pitch the season's first woo-ball with a lovely budvase with three red roses ($29.95). A birthday-balloon bouquet ($39.95) will cheerily commemorate a person's oldening, while a fresh-cut market-basket bouquet ($39.95) provides a perky pick-me-up for any holiday or occasion. And a Taste of Cincinnati basket ($39.95) stuffed with local foods is always a nice floral alternative for any triffid-traumatized gift recipient.
Elegant Carriages escorts visitors along scenic Cincinnati byways in exquisite horse-drawn carriages. Before or after dinner, riders can get picked up straight from the restaurant and enjoy the peaceful streets of Cincinnati in an open-air buggy without the roofed confines of a car or paddywagon. Drivers are dapper, horses are groomed and pro-neigh, and the route is carefully guided to ensure maximum safety and sightseeing surprises.
Hyde Park Floral’s flower whisperers bundle fresh blossoms into custom configurations and prearranged bouquets. Yellow Asiatic lilies, blue irises, and red gerberas march with pomp and circumstance in the Colors on Parade arrangement, and the magenta mélange of buds stocking the Missing You Bunches basket can enliven a drab office cubicle with more facility than a puff-painted stapler (each $40 and up). Let a petal proficient compose a custom stem stanza (priced by stem) from a stockade of individual flowers, including daisies ($1.25/stem), gerbera daisies ($1.75/stem), roses ($2/stem), and lilies ($4/stem), or select a predesigned arrangement from the special-occasion collection. All arrangements are available in-store and online, and can be delivered to any front door, place of business, or unregulated submarine hatch (may incur an additional fee).
Benken's greenhouses are beaming with fantastic flora, with everything from easy-to-grow plants to exotic tropical trees represented. For rejuvenating flower power every spring, consider selecting from the thousand-plus perpetual perennials ($12.99 and up). Otherwise, increase the splendor of this year's garden goodies by stocking up on annuals ($5.99–$9.99). Similar to cheap beer, except more delicious and rewarding, six-packs of vegetable plants go for $4.99. A properly pampered 4" tomato plant ($2.59) will produce pounds of produce, ensuring that the "T" in one's summer BLTs won't have to be teabags or treacle again. Gardening gourmands, meanwhile, can spice up their outdoors with $5.99 herbs. Hanging baskets of geraniums ($29.99) add an airiness and color to any porch or dungeon. Three gallons of knockout roses ($34.99) will finally give your yard a way to ask you to marry it, while one gallon of Patriot hostas ($14.99) lets you celebrate Independence Day with a ka-bloom that will outlast any firework's ka-boom.
For an operation that started out as a truck farm in 1886, Moeller Greenhouse has come a long way, currently growing its plants out of the ground instead. The family traditions of personalized service and comprehensive guidance still remain to this day, as demonstrated by their perennial-specific signage, which denotes the wildlife that each plant will attract and whether or not a certain flower is indomitable to a cold deer's heart. Moeller's colorful annuals—available by the eight-inch pot for $6.99 or by the hanging basket for $24.99—will give your garden more welcome yearly visitors than the usual lawn gnomes in heat.