Growing to Green

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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

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.