terrazza planters and tomato ladders

Terrazza planters hold tomatoes, supported by Tomato Ladders.

Serving lunch

Gina serves lunch after the gardening is complete.

Last week — on a rare day free of rain — volunteers from the marketing department went to rejuvenate some gardens at a facility that serves Burlington’s homeless. We spent the morning digging out weeds and planting a fresh batch of perennials, shrubs and herbs. We also set up a row of Terrazza planters with tomatoes.

At noon, the team of volunteers served lunch for the clients of COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter), a service organization that provides emergency shelter, services and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.

Here at Gardener’s Supply, community service is not just a company policy, tended to by a few people. It’s a founding principle that’s part of our corporate culture. Each employee is encouraged to support the community in his or her own way. The company matches employees’ charitable donations, and offers one paid day a year of volunteer time.

Chris waters a hydrangea

Chris gets ready to water a newly planted hydrangea.