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Ishihara Park Learning Garden Recognized as National GRO1000 Project

To increase hands-on horticulture education and healthy food options for residents

April 21, 2017 2:50 PM

Ishihara Park Learning Garden Recognized as National GRO1000 Project

WHAT: Join Mayor Ted Winterer, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and its national partners* for the GRO1000 dedication ceremony of the Ishihara Park Learning Garden. The project transformed land formerly used as a parking lot into a welcoming community greenspace with native plantings, an urban orchard, a learning garden, and passive green areas for residents to gather, exercise and experience nature in an urban setting.

WHY: The Ishihara Park Project is a part of GRO1000, which aims to improve cities and communities through the development of 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces throughout the U.S. by 2018.

WHEN:            Monday, April 24, 2017

                      Dedication program will begin at 11 a.m.                              

WHO:              Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica

                      Lindsay LaSala, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation

                      Crystal Swann, U.S. Conference of Mayors                                           

WHERE:         Ishihara Park, 2909 Exposition Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404


  • More than 50 area youth and volunteers working together with representatives of local and national partner organizations to learn gardening and greening techniques under the direction of experts from the award-winning Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and
  • Presentation of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s “Give Back To Gro” Youth Gardener Award to a youth who has demonstrated interest and passion for their community through environmental stewardship.
  • Grant check presentation to Mayor Ted Winterer by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Santa Monica GRO1000 event is one of several 2017 public installation events being held in the U.S. between April and June. For more information visit

*The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Garden Writers Association Foundation, Plant A Row for the Hungry (a community-based program started in 1995 that assists with hunger relief),, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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