Growing to Green Awards

The Growing to Green Awards, given annually at a potluck dinner celebration, 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.

The 2017 Growing to Green Awards applications are live!
Nominate your own garden, any garden in the community, or an outstanding gardener you would like to recognize.
You can nominate a garden or gardener for more than one category.
Select the category below you wish to apply for to begin the online application process.
Nominations are due by end of day on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Community Gardener of the Year award is presented to an individual who is exceptionally dedicated to his/her neighborhood garden and or the movement of community gardening in central Ohio.
 
Education Garden of the year Award is presented to a school or other organization that utilizes garden projects for educational purposes.
 
The Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year award is presented to a park, gateway, streetscape, school or other community beautification project.
 
The Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award is presented by the Women’s Board of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, this award is given to an outstanding youth gardener age 18 or younger.
 
The Sustainability Award is presented to a garden that is utilizing sustainable community gardening practices, including community-building activities, sustainable garden design, and utilization of green practices (e.g. rain barrels) and has proven sustainable over the long term.
 
Community Garden of the Year award is presented to a neighborhood gardening project for beautification and/or food production.
 
The Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award is presented to a community garden that has shown significant and sustainable 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.
 
This award honors Dr. Bowden's love of gardening and his life-long commitment to improve community health and the quality of life of citizens in Central Ohio.



2016 Growing to Green Award Winners

Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year

Good Samaritan Garden located in the Ascension Lutheran Church Parking Lot at 1479 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43329.
 
Education Garden of the Year

Weinland Park Community Garden at Godman Guild. 303 E. 6th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201.
 
Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award

Said Jeylani of Horn of Africa Garden located at 2154 Eddystone Ave, Columbus, OH 43224.

Sustainability Award

St. Stephens Community House, Project Aquastar at 1500 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43219.
 
Community Gardener of the Year

Charissa Coleman-Muhammad

Community Garden of the Year

Growing Wellness Community Garden at CarePoint East, 543 Taylor Ave, Columbus, OH 43203
 
Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award

The Miracle Garden at 2718 through 2724 Westerville Rd, Columbus, OH 43211


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