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 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.

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

The RCS Giving Garden

6/26/15

Welcome back, Adventure Club kids!

Before the Andersen Picnic Tables were donated
AFTER the Andersen Picnic Tables were donated!

A picture-perfect morning awaited the kids from the Stillwater Area School District’s Adventure Club summer program!  Thanks teachers Tammy and Melissa for all of your help today!

Before we started our work, I introduced the kids to my two new friends, the monarch caterpillars!  I’m a bit of a monarch fanatic and am doing my small part to help increase the declining population of monarch butterflies, our important pollinator friends, by
planting milkweed which is their host plant and finding eggs to raise and release.  If you have never seen a monarch go from tiny egg to a large striped caterpillar to a light green chrysalis to a majestic orange butterfly, you don’t know what you are missing!  Check out this video!
*The Monarch Lifecycle  https://vimeo.com/27816465

Then we divided ourselves into three groups to tackle our work!  
Group 1 used scissors to cut lettuce and herbs to donate to Valley Outreach.
Group 2 weeded and replanted pumpkin seeds where we had a few fail in our new pumpkin patch.
Group 3 weeded the Short-n-Sweet carrot row using forks and weeding tools to carefully pull the weeds around the feathery foliage.  


We ended our day with drinks of water from the hose followed by a watermelon snack on our newly donated PICNIC TABLES!!!!  Thank you Andersen Corp!  

--Kathy Luoma, Washington County Master Gardener