Green Spaces in Cincinnati’s Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

Cincinnati is a very green city — I think its green spaces, both natural and man-made, are one of its greatest assets. Today, I want to show you some of the smallest green spaces I encounter in my pedestrian travels through the basin area, and to applaud those of you who are nano-gardeners, diligently tending to your window boxes and fire escape gardens. Above, the built-in window boxes of the Lyric Piano Co. building downtown are decked out in greenery every summer.

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

Over-the-Rhine’s own Iris Book Cafe lets its freak flag fly:

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

This must be an office, and someone in it takes the time to tend to these little flower pots:

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

The people who live above Walgreen’s on Race St. have a surprisingly charming little balcony garden:

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

green space in Cincinnati's Basin

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11 thoughts on “Green Spaces in Cincinnati’s Basin

  1. Bamboo is nice. But it did not grow as much as I expected for the price I paid. It filled out a bit and grew about a foot taller.

    For a quick jungle like effect, I highly recommend a $5 Cannis.

    It started out like this:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekalb/4647608157/

    And within months became this monster:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekalb/4830699374/

    I kept my flower boxes simple this year. Only have Aztek Yellow Marigolds.

    These photos are some great ideas for next spring.

  2. I LOVE this! Your detailed eye is excellent and knowing others take notice of such things is just another reason why we should ALL start “nano gardening” as you say 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness! Those window boxes are lovely. I am hoping to see lots of this in my area. Window boxes surely give pleasant look to our homes, apartments, and buildings. The second picture of a container garden is really nice. The third to the last picture is really awesome.

  4. Wow … we just found these, THANKS FOR NOTICING. We are the people that own and plant the window boxes on the front of the Lyric Piano Co Building. It was the facade that drew me to it more than 20 years ago and now we not only plant the window boxes, but have converted the roof to a deck/garden for summer enjoyment. This spring we have had Forsythia, Star Magnolia and Weeping Cherry bloom on what we call the ‘Gardens on Race.’

  5. It’s a great-looking building and obviously well cared for. I love noticing details like that on my walks through the basin. The Lyric building is definitely one of the highlights of Race St.

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