Our commitment to garden and green space development includes GRO1000, a community outreach initiative that we launched in 2011. GRO1000 will result in the creation of 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018 – the company’s 150th anniversary.
Through this effort, we’re honored to bring the benefits that gardens and green spaces provide to more and more neighborhoods, schools and communities, particularly to those areas in need.
Key to the GRO1000 initiative are partnerships with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Garden Writers Association, Plant A Row/Grow A Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Communities in Bloom, which are helping to bring community gardens and green spaces to cities across the United States, Canada and Europe.
ScottsMiracle-Gro awards two types of GRO1000 grants each year:
There are many environmental, social and physical benefits that gardens and green spaces bring to a community, including offsetting pollution, bettering access to fresh produce, increasing physical activity, and lowering stress. Studies have also shown neighborhood safety increases noticeably in communities and neighborhoods where beautification projects are promoted.
GRO1000 is an integral part of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s philanthropic commitment of “Give Back To Gro.” For more information about Give Back To Gro and GRO1000, contact GiveBackToGro@scotts.com or continue to check GroGood.com for updates throughout the season.
The GRO1000 program also supports garden and green space development in communities near our European offices. In 2011, ScottsMiracle-Gro helped install the Headley Court Walled Garden, which provides occupational and cognitive therapy for troops recovering from traumatic injury. The garden, located at the Ministry of Defense Rehabilitation Center in Headley, England, challenges patients’ motor skills, strength and endurance while reducing stress and increasing concentration.