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ScottsMiracle-Gro Celebrates First Day of Spring With GRO1000 Grassroots Grants Announcement

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, March 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) welcomed the first day of Spring by announcing the 2015 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant winners. More than 100 civic and non-profit organizations across the U.S. will receive grants to support public gardens and green spaces. Now in its fifth year, the Grassroots Grants are part of the company's GRO1000 commitment to advance the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.



"Whether it's transforming blighted communities or increasing habitats for wildlife, public greenscapes improve people's lives," said Jim King, Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President, ScottsMiracle-Gro. "It's a privilege to support these deserving organizations and bring more green spaces to their communities."

GRO1000 funds have supported local beautification projects, public service opportunities and produce donations in more than 500 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 www.GRO1000.com.

"Receiving a GRO1000 grant helped us develop our Inspiration Garden as a teaching tool for the Independence, Oregon community," said Darrell Ward, Polk County Master Gardener and 2014 Grassroots Grant Recipient. "We could not have progressed so far, so soon without the support of ScottsMiracle-Gro."

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 Dallas, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Rochester, New York; and West Sacramento, California in 2015.

The city of Detroit was also selected for a GRO1000 grant in February as the winner of the first ever "GRO1000 People's Choice Community Garden Grant," which was determined by public voting.

To learn more about the GRO1000 program, visit www.GRO1000.com or @Scotts_MGro, #GRO1000.

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.

CONTACT: Mona Eadeh The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 937-578-1388 (office) 937-594-7727 (mobile) mona.eadeh@scotts.com Janelle Huelsman Fahlgren Mortine 614-383-1627 (office) 419-953-8609 (mobile) janelle.huelsman@fahlgren.comSource:The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company