The Scotts Miracle-Gro company finished off a national campaign in Marysville last week, planting a garden that will benefit several local service groups.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro company finished off a national campaign in Marysville last week, planting a garden that will benefit several local service groups.

As part of Scotts' "Give Back to Gro" national garden tour, more than 600 associates gathered at the company's Marysville headquarters to plant a community garden. Fruits and vegetables from the garden will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Marysville Food Pantry.

Director of corporate and community partnerships Su Lok said the program is designed to provide produce to those in need.

"Our Give Back to Gro outreach focuses on advocacy and support for the creation of edible gardens in undeserved areas throughout the country," Lok said. "Interest and participation in community gardening continues to increase and our program is bringing gardens to neighborhoods in many of our key business markets."

The company has been planting gardens throughout the United States beginning in March, and finished that program on May 27 at its headquarters, 14111 Scottslawn Road. Community gardens were installed and dedicated in Houston, Los Angeles, West Palm Beach, Bentonville, Atlanta, New York City/Bronx and Charlotte, according to director of public affairs Lance Latham.

"This year's sites are a mix, including several school-based environmental education gardens to community gardens that will be planted to help low-income residents gain access to fresh produce," Lok said.

The Give Back to Gro campaign has been in effect for more than a decade, according to Latham. This spring's gardens will planted by Scotts with partnerships through Keep America Beautiful, Garden Writers Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association and the Franklin Park Conservatory.

"More than 49-million adults and children in the U.S. are at risk of hunger, with limited access to healthy vegetables and fruits," said Carol Ledbetter, program administrator for Plant a Row for the Hungry. "With the support of organizations like ScottsMiracle-Gro, we are able to rally the gardening community to plant an extra pot or seeds, and donate the harvest to an area food pantry."

More information on the program can be found on the Web at www.thescottsmiraclegrocompany.com.