We’re helping people of all ages express themselves on their own piece of the Earth.
When people come together in a garden, or gather on a green space, something good happens: the world and their place in it becomes more amazing, more special, more powerful. With urban and economic development at an all-time high, we desperately need to protect and grow our collective connection to nature, to the environment and to each other.
» That’s what GRO1000™ is all about.
Starting in 2011 and through our company’s 150th anniversary in 2018, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the markets we serve. We’re finding neighborhoods in need of green spaces, schools in need of places to play, and communities in need of beautification and revitalization.
Wherever they are, The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation and GRO1000 is, too.
To plant a garden is to believe in possibility.
We’re committed to strengthening and revitalizing communities.
Wherever gardens grow, hope grows too.
This is what transforming communities looks like.
The number of GRO1000 gardens, and counting
Youth impacted through hands-on learning and experience with nature
Square feet of space restored and revitalized
Garden plots planted
Pounds of produce donated annually
We planted the idea. They dug it.
Cultivating community gardens is a shared effort. Meet our partners.
- Nationally recognized horticultural and educational institution
- Located in Columbus, Ohio
- A long-time Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation partner
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is the lead sponsor of the Conservatory’s Growing to Green community gardening and city beautification program.
- The Conservatory is home to the four-acre ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, which opened in 2009 as a national center for community gardening education and best practices.
“GRO1000 is making lasting and positive changes, echoing our mission
of connecting communities and elevating quality of life.”
⎯Franklin Park Conservatory
- Provides plant-based education and gardening information
- Reaches educators, youth and community organizations
- Together, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and NGA aim to foster an appreciation for gardening and the outdoors in young people.
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is a proud supporter of kidsgardening.org, an NGA resource that shows teachers and parents can engage kids in gardening and the environment.
“Thanks to GRO1000, there’s a widening reach of gardening education
and tremendous impact on communities across the country.”
- Provides public education on gardening, horticulture and environmental issues
- Launched Plant A Row in 1995 as a public service through the Garden Writers Associates Foundation
- Encourages people to plant an extra row of produce and donate surplus crops to food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation has been a lead sponsor of Plant A Row for more than a decade.
- More than 2 million pounds of fresh produce was donated in 2011 alone to help feed America’s hungry.
"GRO1000 promotes self-reliance and healthy living through neighborhood, community and individual fruit and vegetable gardening." – Garden Writers Association Foundation/Plant A Row
- The official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more
- Committed to act on issues such as hunger and homelessness and civic innovation
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation works with the USCM to help educate communities about water quality and conservation issues.
- GRO1000 Showcase Grants are awarded to mayors for the installation of innovative edible gardens, public gardens and greenspace development in their communities.
GRO1000 brings the simple joy of green spaces to more places.
Here’s how we’re helping people, schools and communities turn their piece of the Earth into everything they imagine.
Gardens feed the natural curiosity of a child.Learn More
Gardens make unexpected places flourish.Learn More
Gardens welcome all kinds of Earth-friendly neighbors.Learn More
GRO1000 connects people to nature through the simple pleasure of the garden.
Joy is found in the garden, especially when pollinators are present. There’s a special beauty that comes from attracting and enjoying bees and butterflies. Plus, preserving native pollinators enhances learning and improves environmental stewardship.
Gardens feed healthier lifestyles.Learn More
GRO1000 enriches lives through edible gardens and public green spaces.
Garden fruits and vegetables are essential for better nutrition, while healthy eating and outdoor exercise help in the fight against obesity. That’s why improving access to both fresh-grown produce and outdoor spaces promotes more and better choices.
Gardens turn the Earth into whatever you can imagine.Learn More
GRO1000 is the green movement that helps garden-inspired dreams come true.
Everywhere around the world, gardens and green spaces have become the universal language of hope and renewal. From natural playgrounds, to refurbished fields, to urban agriculture zones, gardens have the power to make life better.
Find a GRO1000 garden or greenspace near you.
Thousands of dirty hands.
Together, we’re transforming communities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
iGrow Whatever You Like Youth Farm, Tallahassee, Florida♥ our 1-acre expansion. We’re engaging more youth in our community food system thanks to #GRO1000 and #MiracleGroOrganicSoil.
Gabriela Mistral Center for Early Childhood, Houston, TexasThanks #GRO1000 for teaching our preschoolers about the natural world!
#gardenexploration #handsonlearning #butterflygarden #vegetablegarden
Minneapolis – Project Sweetie Pie#GRO1000 helped rally the neighborhood and engage our entire community to #plant, #grow and #nurture a #youthgardening program.
INDEPENDENCE, OREGON – POLK COUNTY MASTER GARDENER'S INSPIRATION GARDENThank you #GRO1000 volunteers for transforming barren property into a beautiful #garden! #teamwork #transformation
FORT WORTH–FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN'S CHILDREN'S GARDENThanks to #GRO1000, we're teaching more kids where food comes from. #youthgardening #nutrition
CLEVELAND – URBAN AGRICULTURE INNOVATION ZONE#GRO1000 revitalized a neglected lot into a community park that marks one of the largest urban ag. initiatives in the U.S. #urbanagriculture
Every year, GRO1000 makes a difference.
2017 Green Space Projects
2016 Green Space Projects
Evanston, Illinois Pollinator gardens expand in St. Louis thanks to GRO1000.
St. Louis, Missouri
GRO1000 Showcase Grant General Street Park Community Garden engages more youth in nature.
Providence, Rhode Island
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Pleasant Village Community Garden grows healthy meal options in food desert community.
East Harlem, New York
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Atlanta Urban Agriculture Expansion Project brings more hands-on garden education to residents.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant View all 2016 GRO1000 Grassroots Recipients
2015 Green Space Projects
GRO1000 Showcase Grant The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation makes Children’s Sensory Garden a reality in Detroit.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Demonstration Garden and Training Center educates Rochester residents on urban agriculture.
Rochester, New York
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Hartford Grown Headquarters introduces residents to urban farming best practices.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Farm Expansion Program Introduces More Residents to Urban Agriculture.
West Sacramento, California
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Mayor Michael S. Rawlings Brings Urban Youth Farm to Dallas With Support of GRO1000 Garden.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Ortho and Roush Racing expand Early Act Garden for Westside Elementary students.
Daytona Beach, Florida View all 2015 GRO1000 Grassroots Recipients
2014 Green Space Projects
Pasadena, CA Four-year-olds discover natural wonders at Gabriela Mistral Center for Early Childhood.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Botanical Walkway educates and connects residents to native desert landscape.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant North Minneapolis ‘seed’ project creates urban agriculture and food production hub.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Intergenerational community garden expands gardens and senior-youth mentoring.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Frenchtown neighborhood creates urban farming hub and educational pavilion.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant View all 2014 GRO1000 Grassroots Recipients
2013 Green Space Projects
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Grocery garden helps feed residents of Mill Creek neighborhood.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Fort Worth Botanic Gardens fights childhood obesity with Children’s Vegetable Garden.
Fort Worth, TX
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Hands-on growing laboratory teaches senior high students about nutrition and healthy food choices.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Tornado-ravaged community inspires hope and healing with Alberta Gardens greenspace.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant View all 2013 GRO1000 Grassroots Recipients
2012 Green Space Projects
GRO1000 Showcase Grant The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park teaches neighbors to grow, harvest and prepare healthy fruits and vegetables.
Corpus Christi, TX
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Neighbors revitalize Quesada Garden with expanded educational and public gathering spaces.
San Francisco, CA
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Upton Edible Garden transforms vacant lots into one of the city’s largest community gardens.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant New greenscape park replaces 26 acres of vacant land with welcoming gateway.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant View all 2012 GRO1000 Grassroots Recipients
2011 Green Space Projects
Los Angeles, CA
GRO1000 Showcase Grant City reclaims unused Gage Park space for edible gardens and bird habitats.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Interactive gardens teach students with learning disabilities while harvests benefit local food pantry.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Natural playscape is highlight of Bayview Park greenspace revitalization.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant Piney Point Elementary becomes home to outdoor learning and edible gardens.
GRO1000 Showcase Grant View all 2011 GRO1000 Grassroots Recipients
Our grant-making process.
We’re committed to strengthening and revitalizing communities.
Launched in 2011 by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, GRO1000 is a community outreach initiative dedicated to bringing the benefits of gardens and green spaces to more neighborhoods, schools and communities—particularly to those in need.
Because we believe in the power of gardens and gardening to transform people and places, we’re committed to creating at least 1,000 community gardens and green spaces across America.Apply for a Grant
Apply for a grant.
Explore. Discover. Create. Engage. Transform.
Gardens have the power, and here’s your chance to make it happen.
|Up to $1,500
for community gardens and greenspaces
|What It Is
Any non-profit organization that is helping to foster community spirit and public service is eligible to apply.
Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States.
|The 2017 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant application is currently closed. Check back this spring for program updates.|
Are you a city or municipality in need of green space improvement funding?Start Here
Are you a community or a non-profit civic organization in need of green space improvement funding?Start Here