About Giving Gardens
For over 50 years, CMSE has fostered growth by providing meaningful work for people with disabilities. This continuous dedication to growth has inspired us to create Giving Gardens, a retail nursery that features the most colorful perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, and hanging baskets.
Our employees love to get their hands dirty and assist our greenhouse staff in providing you with the most memorable shopping experience. For them, working outside with our huge variety of plants has proven to be very therapeutic and they can’t wait to come to work every day. The only thing more exciting for our employees than growing these plants is watching you take one home.
FounderFavorite Plant: Geranium
With Bill’s experience in retail nurseries and friendship with Bruce Young, Director of CMSE, the idea of Giving Gardens became a reality. Employees receive therapeutic benefits from gardening and can see the end results of a job well done.
Greenhouse ManagerFavorite Plant: Evolvulus
I came to the greenhouse in 2010 knowing the plant -part of the job. What I didn’t know was how much our employees were going to teach me about the people-part. They’re what makes this job so very special and rewarding! I can’t imagine working anywhere else.
Propagation ExpertFavorite Plant: Daylily
After working at 3M for 36 years, being at Giving Gardens is very rewarding and fun! I have always grown house plants, annuals, and perennials at home. Working at Giving Gardens gives me the chance to see all the new plant varieties.
HorticulturistFavorite Plant: Double Impatiens
I came to Giving Gardens to combine my two major interests of helping others and working with plants. In my two years here, I have found sharing my knowledge of plants with our employees is the most rewarding part of the job!