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ScottsMiracle-Gro Celebrates First Day of Spring with GRO1000 Garden and Green Space Grant Awards

Grants to fund community gardens and green spaces across the U.S.

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a long and cold winter for much of the U.S., The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) today marks the arrival of Spring with the announcement of the 2014 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant winners. More than 90 grants were awarded today to deserving non-profit organizations nationwide to begin or maintain public gardens and green spaces within their communities. The Grassroots Grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Space Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro's commitment to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018.

"We celebrate the many organizations across the U.S. that are making a difference and inspiring their local communities through gardening," said Jim King, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for ScottsMiracle-Gro. "Through GRO1000, it is our privilege  to bring the many benefits of gardens and green spaces to deserving communities."

GRO1000 funds have supported local beautification projects, public service opportunities and produce donation in more than 400 communities across the U.S., Canada and Europe since 2011. The grants are awarded to non-profit, civic organizations that are working to create or sustain public greenscapes in their communities. A full list of this year's recipients can be found at

In addition to the Grassroots Grants, ScottsMiracle-Gro and its national partners, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Plant A Row for the Hungry, the Garden Writers Association, the National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, will build public community gardens and green spaces in Houston; Mesa, Ariz.; Minneapolis; Miramar, Fla.; and Tallahassee, Fla. in 2014.

For more information on GRO1000, visit or join in the community gardening conversation at

About ScottsMiracle-Gro
With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business.  In Europe, the Company's brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at

SOURCE The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company