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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 300 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.

Growing to Green Awards The Growing to Green Awards honors 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.

On September 7, 2022, the Conservatory hosted the annual Harvest Celebration with Award nominees and community garden supporters. The event paid tribute to community gardening in Central Ohio and served as a time to announce the award winners. Thank you to all who made the celebration possible!

Celebration & Award Information

Community Garden Campus at the Conservatory The Conservatory's own Community Garden is a living classroom and publicly accessible connection to nature. It also holds garden plots for community members to tend to and serves as a model for Growing to Green gardens.

"The Communal Garden" is a series of free classes that teach gardeners skills that can be used in community gardens or to support their community through gardening. The next class is Fall Planting for Spring Blooms on September 15.

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With Support From


and The Hinson Family Trust

More Information

Growing to Green Resource Guide

View the Growing to Green Resource Guide for community gardening best practices as defined by industry leaders and top research institutions.

View Digital Resource Guide

Local Grants Information

For more information about grant opportunities and application deadlines, click the link below.

Grant Information