And joe won't be able to be with us after all....... We will take a tour of the Scott vegetable and flower gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Designed as a living classroom and idea center, this four-acre garden provides creative resources for anyone interested in gardening and edible landscapes. Explore the culinary, herb and fragrance gardens, apiary, rose pavilion, berry house, and 40 community garden plots.
From the gardening veterans with seasons of experience, to the novices just putting their hands in the soil for the first time, helping people in the garden is a passion of ours.
With the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio, we set out to create a place where people can come together to learn about all the many facets of gardening. In 2009, the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory opened to the public.
“In communities across the country, Americans are experiencing the pride associated with the renewal of community gardening,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO, ScottsMiracle-Gro. “We are equally proud to support this growing movement through the establishment of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, a national resource for community gardening.”
This four-acre state-of-the-art living classroom is the setting for both formal and informal exploration of horticulture, the environment and gardening best practices. The campus also provides resources for community and school advocates dedicated to improving the life and health of families in Central Ohio and across the United States.
“The ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus is a first-of-its kind facility that is not only a benchmark in community gardening, but a resource for gardening, wellness and sustainability education,” said Bruce Harkey, executive director of Franklin Park Conservatory. “The campus is helping the community become good stewards of the environment.”
The campus features a variety of indoor and outdoor learning spaces. The Education Pavilion, anchored by numerous vegetable and herb gardens, serves as the learning center for horticulture and environmental education and programming. Those looking to cultivate their green thumbs can sign up for on-site courses that focus on five education tracks including, horticulture, nutrition and wellness, green practices and sustainability, community and garden leadership, and school gardens.
Visitors to the campus can explore the on-site apiary, take in the scents of the rose garden or stroll through the berry house.
Since its opening, the campus has quickly become a gathering spot for the community, playing host to Earth Day celebrations and other outdoor programs. And with its unique design that integrates into the Conservatory’s historic neighborhood setting, the campus has received several honors including the 2010 James B. Recchie award from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. The campus is also home to the American Community Garden Association.