April 16, 2019

Celebrating Earth Month with Local Community Gardeners

To honor Earth Month, a team of our associate volunteers from world headquarters did what they do best. They donated their time, gave back to the local community and got our product into the hands of garden groups who really need it.

A chance to make a difference

On April 12, more than 60 ScottsMiracle-Gro associates volunteered at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for an annual Earth Day celebration. Associates helped distribute 300 pallets––or 16,000 bags––of soils, mulch and fertilizer to community garden groups who received a grant from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation.

“I’ve been working with gardens for years at Scotts. This is a hands-on way to display who we are and what we do––helping gardens and communities grow. Plus, it’s awesome teambuilding for all of us,” said Jim Warrington, senior analyst at ScottsMiracle-Gro.

Growing something greater

These gardens groups are doing amazing things in their communities, from increasing healthy habits in at-risk preschool children to providing horticulture therapy for victims of trauma. More than 51 nonprofit organizations were supported. The event was held ahead of Earth Day to provide gardeners with the supplies they need to spend Earth Day working in their community gardens.

“The donation from ScottsMiracle-Gro allows us to expand our garden to 30 beds and almost double the amount of food we grow for our community food pantry,” said Penny Miller, Director of Canal Winchester Human Services.

The annual Earth Day event helps raise awareness for the important role community gardens play in local neighborhoods. Our team was joined by other partners––including the City of Columbus, Columbus Public Health, Franklin County, The Columbus Foundation, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Hidden Creek Landscaping.

Learn more about how ScottsMiracle-Gro is supporting garden and greenspace development across the country.