New Civic Garden Center award will go to Clara Berger

Clara Berger

Friday, March 9, 6 p.m., Anderson Center

Gardening legend Clara Berger will receive the inaugural Building Community Award at the Civic Garden Center’s Building Community Award Dinner.

The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati created the award to honor individuals whose life and work reflect the center’s mission: to build community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship.

Berger’s adventures in gardening started on the family farm as she watched her mother tend rose bushes. In 1971, with a growing family, she created a small rock garden at their home in Anderson Township and joined the Sherwood Forest Garden Club. She soon joined the Civic Garden Center and began taking every horticulture class available, becoming a Master Gardener in 1997.

As her family grew, so did her gardens. Along with vegetables, a large patch of flowers supplied  Bergers dried flower crafts business. Taking horticulture classes, and meeting and buying perennials from Marion O’Rorick, she decided that growing perennial plants made the most economic sense. In 1982, Berger and her husband Charlie began Harvest Thyme to sell perennials. Now her spring sales feature a variety of perennials, especially the hellebores for which she is known.   

Berger credits her active membership in an array of horticultural societies for expanding her knowledge.  She helped establish the International Herb Growers Society in Lebanon and is a longtime member of the Cincinnati Herb Society and the Hardy Plant Society and its conferences at Swarthmore College.

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