September 25, 2013
Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Community Garden was honored with a ScottsMiracle-Gro Growing to Green award for Education Garden of the Year at a ceremony on Sept. 11. Otterbein received $500 to support its educational efforts.
“Otterbein is honored to have received this award in recognition of our efforts to cultivate a garden that helps both fight hunger in our local community and serves as a rich educational landscape for future generations,” said Dr. Melissa Gilbert, associate dean of experiential learning and community engagement. “We share this award with our community partners who bring extensive knowledge to share at the garden with both Otterbein’s students and local youth from area schools and organizations.”
The winners were announced at a potluck dinner and harvest celebration at the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus attended by more than 200 community gardeners and local business and civic leaders.
Nominees were judged by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Women’s Board, community garden leaders and the American Community Gardening Association.