Granny’s Garden School celebrates harvest

Granny’s Garden School invites the community to join them for their annual Harvest Celebration on Sunday, September 29 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the school gardens at Loveland Elementary and Primary Schools, located at 55 Loveland Madeira Road. The family celebration will feature a variety of fun, festive activities including arts and crafts, free food tastings, scarecrow making, free mini-pumpkins for kids and more.

Volunteers are needed that day for a “refresh” of the three-quarter mile nature trail at Granny’s Garden School. Boy Scouts from Pack 88 will lead a group providing maintenance to the trail, such as removing invasive honeysuckle and other plants and moving logs to line the path. Lunch will be provided for volunteers, and community service hours are available for students. This opportunity is not appropriate for kids under 12. Visit to sign up.

Other activities at Granny’s Garden School Harvest Celebration include:

• Granny’s Little Pumpkin Patch
Children will receive a free mini pumpkin or gourd to take home and mums from Blooms and Berries will be available for purchase.
• Free Food
Sample delicious fresh, fall fare prepared by the student chefs from The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati and The Veg Head
• Glue Fest
A “recycled” favorite! Back by popular demand, this fun station lets little artists make masterpieces from anything that can be glued on or glued onto.
• Take Apart Table
Do you have a kid who’s always asking how things work or what’s inside things that“go?” Let them stop by this station to take apart small appliances and other gizmos.
• Free Bouquets
Help yourself to a complimentary bouquet from our gardens.
• Perennial Exchange: Bring any extras perennials you may have and take home some that are “new to you.” Guidelines can be found at

Granny’s Garden School’s Harvest Celebration is part of Cincinnati’s Great Outdoors Weekend. For more information about Granny’s Plant Sale or any other Granny’s Garden School programs, visit, call 513.324.2873 or email Roberta Paolo (Granny) at

Granny’s Garden School was founded in 2002 by a grandmother who wanted to give children the opportunity to pick flowers. She began with a flower garden at Loveland Primary School – where her grandchildren were in the first and second grades. Today, with more than 100 vegetable gardens, a large herb garden, many flower gardens, a three-quarter mile nature trail and an apple orchard, the little flower garden is now one of the largest and most comprehensive school garden programs in the country. It is located on the 24-acre shared campus of the Loveland Primary and Elementary schools attended by all of the district's first-fourth grade students. Though based on school grounds, Granny's Garden School is a separate 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization funded by individual donations, foundation grants and various fundraisers. Services are provided to the school system free of charge.

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