Mayor Lori Moseley Expands Miramar Community Garden with Intergenerational Garden Project as Part of National GRO1000 Garden and Green Spaces Program City, civic leaders expand area garden for engagement and community development among all ages with support of ScottsMiracle-Gro

MIRAMAR, Fla., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the 3,150-square-foot Miramar Community Garden will expand with the addition of the Intergenerational Fruit and Vegetable Garden as a part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's and The U.S. Conference of Mayors' nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. The expansion will include a new fruit grove, raised edible garden beds, a culinary herb garden, a seedling nursery and an outdoor classroom, which will serve a nearby elementary school, senior center and youth and family outreach center. The Miramar Community Garden and its new addition provide an outlet for socializing, garden education and healthy eating for local residents of all ages.

GRO1000 is a national program launched by ScottsMiracle-Gro in 2011 to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. The U.S. Conference of Mayors partnered with ScottsMiracle-Gro on the GRO1000 initiative to recognize mayors for the installation of innovative, public green spaces designed to improve our nation's cities.

Mayor Moseley has championed the Miramar Community Garden project and its expansion since its creation in 2010. She is also an advocate for the one-year-old Green Market, a partnership between the City of Miramar and Memorial Hospital Miramar, in which Miramar Community Garden members support the market with fresh produce and education outreach.

"What a great honor it is for us to receive this award, particularly for the many garden volunteers who donate their time, sweat and expertise to allow our garden to be so successful," said Mayor Moseley. "This generous grant from ScottsMiracle-Gro will have a major impact on the future growth and success of our Community Garden."

The GRO1000 Miramar event at Miramar Community Garden kicks off at 10 a.m. on May 15 at 3700 Largo Dr., Miramar, Fla. 33023.  More than 150 area children and 50 seniors from the Historic Miramar neighborhood will join local volunteers, including area residents and ScottsMiracle-Gro associates, city officials, and GRO1000 national and local partners, to partake in educational, gardening and cooking workshops. A deserving area child will be presented with the ScottsMiracle-Gro Give Back To Gro Youth Gardener Award.

"We are honored to work with the City of Miramar on this project," said Chris Allen, President, South Region, ScottsMiracle-Gro. "With the addition of the intergenerational garden, we hope that community members of all ages will come together to learn more about gardening and the multitude of benefits it has to offer."

GRO1000 Miramar was made possible through the combined efforts of local partners, including the City of Miramar and HandsOn Broward, along with national partners including The U.S. Conference of Mayors, ScottsMiracle-Gro, Plant A Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association, the Garden Writers Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Miramar GRO1000 event is one of several public installation events being held in the U.S., Canada and Europe in 2014.

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®, Fertiligène® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scotts.com.

About the U.S. Conference of Mayors:
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,210 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Find us at usmayors.org, on facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

SOURCE The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company



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