MARYSVILLE, Ohio -The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG), that Lieutenant General (retired) John Randolph Vines has been named to its Board of Directors.

We are pleased to have John as an addition to our board,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer. “His wide-ranging leadership, strategy and team-building experience will be an exceptional benefit to us.”

LTG Vines retired in 2007 after 35 years active service. He was in continuous command for his last six years of service, including Commander, US Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps and Multi-National Corps Iraq. In addition, he commanded the Combined Joint Task Force 180 Afghanistan.  LTG Vines also served as the Senior Defense Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan and previously commanded the 82nd Airborne Division, which included a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Following retirement, he was a Department of Defense Senior Mentor to U.S. Army and Joint senior leadership and deploying combat units.

LTG Vines resides in Savannah, G.  He received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College and a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alabama.  He will serve on the Company’s Governance and Nominating Committee and the Strategy and Business Development Committee, with a term that expires in 2015.