Saturday, September 13, 2003

Naked in the garden

Civic Garden Center calendar bares all

By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Jim Tarbell isn't naked on the Civic Garden Center's 2004 calendar. He's wearing a hat. His wife, Brenda, is wearing a ring.
(Civic Garden Center)
The Civic Garden Center has bared all again. Its second "Bare Roots" calendar, the 2004 version, will go on sale Oct. 3 in bookstores and garden supply stores.

Cincinnati Councilman Jim Tarbell and his wife, Brenda, are among the center's supporters who took off all their clothes, arranged themselves discreetly among flowers and greenery and allowed photographer Tony Walsh to shoot tasteful photos.

After the success of last year's calendar, the Civic Garden Center had plenty of models to choose from this year, says Joeliene Magoto, executive director.

"In fact, we were able to be rather selective," she says.

After Bill Cunningham featured last year's calendar on his WLW radio show, he was among the first to sign on for this year's calendar. He and Bill "Seg" Dennison, also of WLW, share October.

Arts supporter Melody Sawyer Richardson is Ms. April.

Also on the roster are Chris Heath, Dave Gamstetter, Randy and Pam Fischer, Michael and Janet Howe-Smith, Warren Klink, Cynthia Colebrook and Christie Smith. There are "surprise" celebrities for May.

The center sold 5,000 of the 2003 calendars, raising $40,000.

Two events will kick off sales of the $14.95 calendar. Models will be on hand at both to autograph calendars.

• Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m., at the Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale.

• Oct. 5, noon-2 p.m., at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood.

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