THE GARDEN STORY

Here at Retail Construction Services, Inc., we are dedicated to giving back.

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.
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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.


The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

7/18/14

SPIN kids, Strawberries, Honey, Bees and Chomp!

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We enjoyed a visit to the garden by the SPIN kids on Friday!  


Master Gardener and beekeeper, Kathi McMahon, shared some fun facts about honeybees and their role in pollinating our garden plants such as yummy strawberries!

She let us taste crackers with sweet honey made by her very own honeybees!  Kathi also brought milkweed with monarch eggs and a day-old monarch butterfly.  As soon as she released the orange beauty, it flew to a squash flower for a drink.  Master Gardener Kathy L. then showed this group of kids how to hand-pollinate squash flowers as the bees and butterflies do!
 I'm pretty confident bees don't use q-tips, however!

Today's harvest yielded cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, beans, zucchini, carrots and banana peppers.  The kids were awesome!
 I particularly enjoyed the youngest boy of the group enthusiastically smelling the fresh scent of a bush bean.  When I gave him permission to snap one open and taste it, he munched his way through that bean, claimed it to be tasty and proceeded to munch through some more!
Gardening with kids is such a worthy investment!

Thank you Retail Construction Services for making this teaching garden a reality!

Check out the photo of the SPIN kids surrounding Chomp the Carrot representing the area's POWER UP campaign!  Can you see the three carrots we harvested?
 
Check it out at:  www.powerup4kids.org 

- Contributed by Master Gardener Kathy Luoma