Growing to Green Awards

The Growing to Green Awards, given annually at a potluck dinner, honor the dedication and hard work of many central Ohio communities and individuals while furthering Growing to Green’s objective of promoting participation in city beautification and community gardening.

Nominations for the 2014 Growing to Green Awards are now being accepted. All entries must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, August 1, 2014. 

Winners will be announced at the Growing to Green Awards and Harvest Celebration on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6–9pm at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To Nominate a Garden or Gardener: 

An award is presented in each of the categories below. To nominate a garden, click the award title to download the application requirements specific to each award. Submit your completed application to by Friday, August 1, 2014.
The Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award: Given to a community garden that has shown significant impact on the health and vitality of its community in one of five areas: Nutrition and Wellness, Food Production, Children's Education, Job Training, and Celebrating Culture. Presented by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the Bowden Family. $750 to further impact the community and garden project.
Community Garden of the Year: Awarded to a neighborhood gardening project for beautification and /or food production. $500
Education Garden of the Year: Awarded to a school or other organization that utilizes garden projects for educational purposes. $500
Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year: Awarded to a park, gateway, streetscape, school or other community beautification project. $250
Sustainability Award: Given to a community garden that is utilizing sustainable gardening practices including: community-building activities, sustainable garden design, utilization of green practices, and has proven sustainable over the long term. Presented by the American Community Gardening Association. $250
Community Gardener of the Year: Awarded to a person who is exceptionally dedicated to his/her neighborhood garden and or the movement of community gardening in Central Ohio. $250 to be applied toward his/her community gardening project.
Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award: Given to an outstanding youth gardener age 18 or younger. Presented by the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Women’s Board. $250 to further winner’s education and interest in gardening or to make improvements in his/her community.