About Us

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.

Since 1969

We aspire to create an environment that not only brings joy to our employees but one that provides you with a delightful shopping experience where you’ll be sure to get both proper gardening advice and a smile every time you walk in.

At CMSE, it’s always been about growing, and that’s why we feel that Giving Gardens was the perfect venture for us. So whenever you need plants, spring or fall, let us meet all your gardening needs. Stop by Giving Gardens and let’s grow together!

Our Crew

Bill Regan

Bill Regan


Favorite 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.

Tammy Cundiff

Tammy Cundiff

Greenhouse Manager

Favorite 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.

Carol Gasperson

Carol Gasperson

Propagation Expert

Favorite 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.

Michael Tarka

Michael Tarka


Favorite 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!

Give the Gift of a Garden

Nurturing beautiful plants and people


Fall Hours

Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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