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.

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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RCS Giving Garden 2019 Fall Update
The 2019 garden has officially come to an end with the final harvest of our kale and Brussel sprouts.  It’s time for some hibernation and rest while dreaming of plants and plans for 2020! A bad blogger I have been this past year--sorry!  I leave you with our 2019 statistics and photos. Enjoy and be proud of the help you have given to grow food for our community!

2019 Garden Statistics
*3,208 pounds of produce donated to our volunteers, community and Valley Outreach.  A record year!
*27,510 total pounds of produce donated since the garden began in 2009
*446 youth volunteers of all ages
*103 volunteer adults
*30 volunteer Washington County Master Gardeners
*1 new permanent fence
*4 new gates
*1 new sensory garden corner
*1 new pollinator flower garden

It’s been a great year.  Thanks to all for your role, big or small, in making this such a successful and fun year. 

See you in 2020!

Kathy Luoma--WCMG

Final harvest!  Sue locking the garden shed one last time!

Learning how to plant garlic from Chris B. New for next year!

A monarch in our pollinator garden fueling itself for its long migration journey to Mexico.

No, not a snake, but an Oriental Runner Bean!
Liz harvesting the last of the cherry tomatoes.

Harvest ready for delivery!  

Power Up in the Garden Family Harvest Evening

Time For Me Learning Center kids

Is there such a thing as too many tomatoes?

Red Noodle Beans--a fun new addition to the garden

King of Kings Woodbury volunteers

Memorial Lutheran of Afton volunteers
Sampling our very own first watermelon of the season!

The Sensory Garden corner at peak color!

Community Education Day of Service

Hidden Pines Ranch Volunteers

UMC The Grove volunteers

Adventure Club harvesting for a funny face snack

Elsa, our Girl Scout extraordinaire, leading the lesson of the day on the role of pollinators in the garden

UMC The Grove and Christ Episcopal Summer Stretch
Tracy Maki and Jess Hauser from Valley Outreach sharing their thanks with our volunteers

Elsa educating Time for Me kiddos about our new pollinator garden.  Elsa helped plan and create this new space near our shed as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Action Project.  

Adventure Club enjoying the late July harvest loot!

July 20th, 2019
Washington County Master Gardener 
Learn and Grow With Us Garden Tour
The RCS Giving Garden was one of seven garden stops on our first annual WCMG educational tour.  Many many many volunteers worked so hard preparing our garden for beauty on top of function. To me, it was a work of art.  Unfortunately, we endured awful rain, wind, cold, lightening and thunder most of the tour day. For those who braved the elements, they expressed joy and disbelief that this beautiful space has been tucked away right here in Lake Elmo! Thanks to all who helped make the garden a place where people of all ages want to hang out and take in the sights, sounds, smells, touches and tastes.

Additional educational signage and fun details for the tour.

UMC The Grove and Christ Episcopal volunteers