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 has become 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.

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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Planting a Garden of Five Senses

2012 RCS Giving Garden
Dragon Carrots!
Planting day has arrived! We were so excited to receive the amazing gift of so many starter plants from Peggy at Bergmann's Green House and Farm Market in Stillwater! Bergmann’s donated squash, zucchini, cucumber, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomato, pepper, eggplant, and cauliflower plants along with seed potatoes many sets of onions.

Our seeds were donated by an anonymous source. This year’s seed crop consists of corn, green beans, yellow beans, sugar snap peas, spinach, lettuce and carrots.

One of the new heirloom seeds we are trying this year from
Seed Savers is a row of “Dragon Carrots” or (Daucus carota). This carrot has beautiful red-purple exterior and has a sweet, almost spicy flavor. We will share the results with you when the carrots mature in about 90 days!
UPS Volunteer Team:
Back Row - L to R:  Jason Briggs, Kevin Jensen
Front Row - L to R:  Brian Pike, Lynne Barten, Sherri Montgomery, Traci Poulsen, Teresa Seide
Not only did we have several RCS Employees in the garden for planting, but we were once again joined by a team from UPS, Master Gardener Paul Richtman, as well as students from the Stillwater ALC High School and their instructor Tom Wendt.

Master Gardener:  Paul Ritchman
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Tom Wendt (with Camera) - Teacher with Stillwater's ALC High School.
Student names to follow - More student photos in slideshow below
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Each and every person who has helped with this Giving Garden project has had a profound impact on the lives of others. If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in a tent with a mosquito!

In New Delhi, India, there is a garden called “
The Garden of Five Senses”. The Garden is designed to stimulate one's sensory responses to the environment. An amalgamation of color and fragrance, texture and form evokes the awareness of touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.

I was recently reminded by someone that our garden too is a ‘garden of five senses’… What is the difference between looking at a photo of a garden and being in the garden itself? Simple: The real garden engages all your senses, not merely the sense of sight. The fragrance of the plants, a pleasant breeze or the feel of good soil, the inviting (or scary ;) sounds of bees, and the taste of home grown vegetables — all these add richness and depth to the experience of being in the garden and invite volunteers to linger and feel connected to the timeless rhythms of the this garden.

As we begin our 2012 season, we invite you to volunteer and bring others to the garden. Click on the calendar in the upper right of this website for available volunteer days Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. Business groups, summer youth groups, church groups - - all groups welcome!

Thank you again to the planting crew – it’s going to be a great season!