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

5/26/16

And We’re Off and Growing in 2016!

And We’re Off and Growing in 2016!
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May 26, 2016  The RCS Giving Garden is tilled, staked, fenced, irrigated and planted for the 2016 season!  On Monday, May 25th RCS staff and nine Master Gardeners from Washington County worked together to make the garden come to life for its 8th year.  I’m so grateful to be part of this garden once again and send out a huge THANKS to all who have helped with the many details and tasks necessary to get this plot of land off and growing once again.  
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On Wednesday, May 25th, a group of UPS employees came out to the garden, as they do every year, to work on putting up the perimeter fence while RCS staff worked on finishing the irrigation system.  Fencing the garden requires much labor trench digging, unrolling metal fence rolls that always seem to want to bite a person, zip-tying and back-filling!  Great work folks!  We got the job just about completed before the thunder, lightning and monsoon rains came through...hence the final photo standing in the garden shed!  Thanks so much for your service to the community today! We will see you later in the season for some harvesting!
--submitted by Kathy Luoma, WCMG
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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” --Helen Keller

5/10/16

Stillwater Lacrosse Boys Trade Their Lacrosse Sticks for Shovels


The RCS Giving Garden is looking better and better every day thanks to our community partnerships’ donations.  Last week the entire Stillwater Boys Lacrosse team came out to the garden after school to help us with numerous spring garden tasks.  Your gift of time and service are greatly appreciated! Forty-plus young men tackled the jobs of painting row stakes, preparing raised beds for planting, digging weed clumps, trimming raspberry canes and spreading 25 cubic yards of aged farmpost to improve our soil!  I can feel the tomatoes happiness already!  They are growing nicely in the greenhouse waiting to spread their roots in the soil in a few weeks.


A special THANK YOU goes out to Sarah Buerkley from Sarah’s Cottage Creations in Stillwater and Eric from Scout, Inc. in Oakdale for their generous donations toward the purchase of this fluffy farmpost delivered from Kern Landscape Resources.  Messy and stinky it is, but our plants will be so pleased!  


A shout out to Dan and Nate and the rest of the RCS staff for all of their work to improve the property and garden area and especially for their help directing the boys!  


Submitted by Kathy Luoma, Washington County Master Gardener


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