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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 hundreds of 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.

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Subscribe to Our Newsletter: The Columbus Green Patch We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of the Conservatory’s Growing to Green newsletter. We can’t wait for you to discover the valuable information, resources, and inspiration within its pages.

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Community Connections Are you looking for volunteer opportunities within the community? Growing to Green’s Community Connections program is for anyone interested in volunteering within community garden spaces throughout Central Ohio.

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2023 Growing to Green Harvest Awards Ceremony The Growing to Green Harvest 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.

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The Communal Garden Class Series Classes in The Communal Garden series teach all gardeners skills that can be used in community gardens or to support their community through gardening.

These classes are open to all and are free in an effort to make gardening skills and knowledge accessible to everyone in our community.

Upcoming Classes

Franklin Park Conservatory Community Garden The Conservatory's Community Garden Campus is a publicly accessible living classroom and connection to nature. It also holds garden plots for community members to tend to and serves as a model for Growing to Green gardens. If you're interested in a plot, please register for the plotholder wait list.
Plotholder Wait List

Free tours of the Campus are available upon request. Contact Sean McKay, Growing to Green Coordinator, at [email protected]

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With Support From


and The Hinson Family Trust

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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

Previous Newsletters
2023 Growing to Green Impact Report