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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 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.


We Dig Ohio! Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit

Thank you to participants and sponsors of We Dig Ohio 2019.

We Dig Ohio 2019 Photo Gallery

Growing to Green Awards

2018 Growing to Green Awards

The 2018 Growing to Green Awards were held at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at The Wells Barn on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
The Growing to Green Awards 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. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Women’s Board and community garden leaders reviewed entries for the seven Growing to Green Award categories and selected the following winners:

Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year

$250 awarded to the park, gateway, streetscape or beautification project that does the most to benefit its surrounding community. Presented by Jenny Pope, Director of Community Outreach and Education at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Winner: The Milo Grogan Green Space

Education Garden of the Year

$500 awarded to a garden that best utilizes garden projects for educational purposes. Presented by Barbara Brandt, member of the Conservatory’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Community Outreach and Education Committee.

Winner: Urban GEMS at Millennium Community School

Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award

$250 awarded to an outstanding youth gardener, to be applied toward his/her education or garden. Presented by Ann Joyce, 2018 Franklin Park Conservatory Women’s Board President.

Winner: Ty’Keice Cox

Sustainability Award

$250 awarded to a garden best utilizing sustainable gardening practices, including community-building activities, sustainable garden design and utilization of green practices. Presented by Dan Sharpe, Vice President – Community Research and Grants Management, Columbus Foundation.

Winner: The Children’s Gardens of the Early Childhood Education Partnership

Community Gardener of the Year

$250 awarded to a person who is exceptionally dedicated to his/her community garden and the gardening movement. Presented by Bill Gerhardt, GreenScapes Landscape Company. Bill is also a member of Franklin Park Conservatory’s Board of Trustees.

Winner: Kwodwo Ababio
Garden Affiliation: Ama Vera’s Garden at the New Harvest Cafe

Community Garden of the Year

$500 awarded to the top neighborhood gardening project for food production or beautification. Presented by Su Lok, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Su is also a member of Franklin Park Conservatory’s Board of Trustees.

Winner: The Friends Garden

Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award

$750 awarded to the top neighborhood gardening project for significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of its community. Presented by Ellen Bowden, on behalf of the Boyd Bowden Family and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

Winner: Moler Learning Farm

The Conservatory’s Growing to Green Community Gardening Program and the Growing to Green awards are supported by: The City of Columbus, The Columbus Foundation, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, GreenScapes Landscape Co., The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, The Hinson Family Trust, Nationwide, City Barbeque, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the Boyd Bowden Family, and Franklin Park Conservatory Women’s Board.

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

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 hub gardens List

Local Grants Information

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

Grant Information

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 survey.

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