Growing to Green Awards

The Growing to Green Awards, given annually at a potluck dinner celebration, 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.
 
Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for the 2017 Growing to Green Awards.

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Growing to Green Award Categories

Community Gardener of the Year
Community Gardener of the Year award is presented to an individual who is exceptionally dedicated to his/her neighborhood garden and or the movement of community gardening in central Ohio. An award of $250 will be given to the winner to be applied toward his/her community gardening project.
 
Education Garden of the Year
Education Garden of the year Award is presented to a school or other organization that utilizes garden projects for educational purposes. An award of $500 will be given to the top garden in this category.
 
Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year
The Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year award is presented to a park, gateway, streetscape, school or other community beautification project. An award of $250 will be given to the project that has done the most to benefit its surrounding community.
 
Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award
The Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award is presented by the Women’s Board of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, this award is given to an outstanding youth gardener age 18 or younger. An award of $250 will be given to the winner to further his/her education and interest in gardening or to make improvement in his/her community.
 
Sustainability Award
The Sustainability Award is presented to a garden that is utilizing sustainable community gardening practices, including community-building activities, sustainable garden design, and utilization of green practices (e.g. rain barrels) and has proven sustainable over the long term. $250 will be awarded to further advance the sustainability of the community garden.
 
Community Garden of the Year
Community Garden of the Year award is presented to a neighborhood gardening project for beautification and/or food production. An award of $500 will be given to the top garden in this category.
 
Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact
The Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award is presented to a community garden that has shown significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of its community in one of five areas: Nutrition and Wellness, Food Production, Children's Education, Job Training and Celebrating Culture. 
 
This award honors Dr. Bowden's love of gardening and his life-long commitment to improve community health and the quality of life of citizens in Central Ohio. Presented by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the Bowden Family, the winner of this award will receive $750 to further impact the community and garden project.