See How Project Orange Thumb Has Made a Difference

Project Orange Thumb grants and garden makeovers have helped support community gardening all over the country. Check out the above map to find out more about Project Orange Thumb's garden makeovers.

2012 Grant Recipients

Project Orange Thumb is pleased to announce its 2012 grant and garden makeover recipients. These lucky community organizations have been chosen from among hundreds of worthy applicants for the time and effort they put into their applications and for the immediate impact Project Orange Thumb can make in their communities. Congratulations to all, and a special congratulations to our 2012 garden makeover recipient, East Side Community Garden.

Grant Gardens

The Explorers Urban Garden Project
Prince George, British Columbia
The Exploration Place Museum

Cook Community Garden
Colingwood, Ontario
Free Spirit Garden

Common Ground Community Garden
Kinston, North Carolina
Common Ground Enc

Harmony Community Garden
North St. Paul, Wisconsin
Independent School District N. St. Paul

Rincon Mountain Garden
Tucson, Arizona
Community Gardens of Tucson

Pine Tree Lane
Hermiston, Oregon
Umatilla - Morrow Head Start, Inc.

Scotlandville Gardens Park
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Scotlandville Community Development Corporation

Light of Christ Community Garden
Federal Way, Washington
Light Of Christ

Tibbs Garden
Indianapolis, Indiana
Noble of Indiana

Carbondale Community College
Carbondale, Colorado
Local Municipality

Grant Makeover Garden

East Side Community Garden
San Antonio, Texas
Green Space Alliance


Since Fiskars started Project Orange Thumb in 2002, community garden groups in the U.S. and Canada have been able to apply for grants to help them reach their goals for neighborhood beautification and creation of a healthy, sustainable food source. Community groups are encouraged to submit grant applications for consideration by Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb team, and selected groups receive tools and other gardening materials to help them reach their goals. We encourage schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities and other civic organizations to apply each year. Applications are available in the fall, and grant recipients are announced in the early months of the upcoming year.

Garden Makeovers

Fiskars expanded Project Orange Thumb in 2008 to include hands-on garden makeovers. Working closely with neighbors, business leaders, volunteers and community partners, we roll up our sleeves and transform barren lots into beautiful, productive community gathering spaces — all in a single day. Historically, the locations of our garden makeovers have been selected separately from the grant process. This year, we're giving you the chance to apply for a garden makeover in your area!

Makeover Gardens
Albert Park Centennial Garden, Calgary, AB Rockaway Hip Hop Community Garden, Far Rockaway, NY
Oliver Neighborhood, Baltimore, MD

Growing Together School and Community Garden, Madison, WI

North Brentwood Community, Portland, OR

Altgeld Gardens, Chicago, IL

Linden Neighborhood, Columbus, OH

Goettingen Neighborhood, San Francisco, CA

Grandview-Woodland Neighborhood, Vancouver, BC

The Willows, Orlando, FL

Scarborough Village, Toronto, ON

Edgewood Community, Atlanta, GA

Lees Avenue Community Garden, Ottawa, ON