THE GARDEN STORY

Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

We give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and became an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating. Click Here for Full Story.

LOCATION:
Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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The RCS Giving Garden

7/22/19



RCS Giving Garden

Blog post 7/16/2019


The RCS Giving Garden is a stop on the Learn and Grow With Us Garden Tour hosted by the Washington County Master Gardeners on Saturday, July 20th. That’s only three days away as I write this post-YIKES! Will we be ready? YES, we will be ready! Will the garden be perfect? NOPE, the garden won’t be perfect, but it will be lush and pretty and inviting as well as being productive. We are so excited to show anyone and everyone the fruits of our labor. We are so grateful to the many volunteers who have visited the garden to weed, trellis tomatoes, hand-pick Colorado Potato Beetles, plant a new pollinator garden, mulch, weed, and did I say weed? We appreciate you! Here’s a snapshot of a few of those folks...








6/17/19

June 11, 2019
The RCS Giving Garden is up and running for the 2019 season!


I wish everyone could see the gathering of heads, hearts and hands working to get the garden ready to go this past spring!  Despite the challenging cold and rain and late start, the Washington County Master Gardeners and RCS staff and garden friends worked together to construct a permanent garden fence with gates and get the garden prepared and planted.  I am always amazed how individual gifts and talents rise to the top when presented with a project or challenge.  I couldn’t build an effective fence if my life depended on it, but I know who can, and for all of you I am grateful.  May our beautiful plants thrive and produce this season without becoming a bunny salad bar!










Our first volunteer kids came out to the garden this week from the Stillwater Area Schools Summer Adventure Club and Spin Program.  They helped us water, weed and spread compost around our baby plants.  It was fun to see them wrestle with the idea that the rich, brown soil in the compost barrel was once their watermelon rinds and veggie scraps from last season! Rhubarb was our test vegetable of the day, both with and without sugar!  We donated four pounds to Valley Outreach. Thanks for coming back to us each and every year!  Kathy Luoma-WCMG


11/1/18


The 2018 Garden Season Has Come and Gone!
10/30/2018

Here are the statistics:

*2,754 pounds of produce donated to our volunteers, senior centers and Valley Outreach just this 2018 garden season!

*24,302 pounds of produce donated in total since the 2009 garden inaugural year!

*Approximately 600 kids and 200 adults volunteered in our garden this year!

*10 years of RCS Garden fun and community outreach!  THANK YOU EVERYONE!




Goodnight Garden!  ‘Ya done good! 

 

Fall Harvest fun...Sue and our pumpkins, baby brussel sprouts, a novelty cucumber, and a scary-looking Carolina Reaper hot pepper

Final photos of our 2018 volunteers from August and September




God’s Work, Our Hands Harvest with Christ Lutheran Church families






PowerUp in the Garden family harvests
Note our youngest volunteer!



King of Kings Lutheran Church--excellent volunteers!


Final Adventure Club visit of the season!



Final Time For Me Early Learning Center visit. They left with full watermelon tummies and bursting bags of produce to share with their families!



  
Adventure Club harvests carrots and potatoes.  Root vegetables are the best!



Wish I could say this was taken at the RCS Giving Garden though much of the produce we also grew!  I was drawn to this display at a market in Portland, Maine in September.
Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
Many THANKS to all of our volunteers who bring life to our garden each week.
Come back soon!