Growing to Green

Growing to Green is Columbus' largest organized effort to promote and provide free community resources for community gardening and city beautification. Initiated in March 2000, Growing to Green has assisted in the start-up or renovation of more than 250 community gardens throughout the central Ohio area.

Growing to Green assists individuals and groups interested in starting a community garden, neighborhood beautification project, or a school learning garden. For more information, contact Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Coordinator, at 614.715.8090.

Community Gardener Mixer

Friday, July 17, 6–9pm

Are you involved with community gardening or urban farming? You are invited to kick back, relax and celebrate the work of urban farmers and community gardeners in the Columbus area. Network with fellow green thumbs while enjoying food, drinks and live music in the Conservatory’s beautiful outdoor gardens. Music by The Ginger Lees and Jason and Michelle.

Community Garden Centerpiece Contest
Bring a handmade table centerpiece that highlight plants and themes from your community garden. The first-place winner will earn bragging rights and take home a valuable compost kit. 
Please RSVP to Fiona Doherty at or 614.715.8034 by Monday, July 6.

Community Gardener Survey

Are you involved with a community garden? Want to learn more about Growing to Green? Please take a moment to complete this short survey.

Growing to Green Awards

The Awards honor the dedication and hard work of many central Ohio communities and individuals annually at a potluck dinner and harvest celebration.  Learn more.

Growing to Green Hub Gardens

Twelve hub gardens throughout central Ohio serve as gardening education centers for their communities and as inspirational resources for anyone interested in community gardening. These well-established gardens and urban farms excel in serving their neighborhood by providing increased access to fresh, healthy food, and developing programs for youth education, job training, and cultural enrichment.

Download a list of hub gardens.

The Scotts Urban Garden Academy

Made possible by a partnership with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The Columbus Foundation, this grant program provides funding and free courses to provide the skills and resources needed to successfully implement and sustain a community garden. For more information about grant opportunities and application deadlines, call The Columbus Foundation at 614.251.4000.


O-H-I-Grow! Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit

This one-day summit explores urban agriculture and community gardening in the Ohio region. The 2015 summit was held on April 11, 2015. Check back in the fall to learn more about the 2016 summit.