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I came across Gardener’s Supply Company when I was compiling a list of gardening resources for a blog post. My friend recommended them because they had a ton of information on their website, and she has had good experiences ordering from them.
After seeing their website, I signed up for their newsletter. I love gardening, but I’m not exactly an expert. So, their learn and share section immediately drew me in with all the how to articles and planning tools.
Their mission is “to spread the joys and rewards of gardening, because gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world better.”
The more I read about Gardener’s Supply, the more I liked them.
Gardener’s Supply is in Vermont, for one thing, so they’re not too far from Maine. They are also employee-owned and run by gardeners who actually care about customer service and answering questions about gardening.
Gardener’s Supply also has a philanthropic business model. They’ve donated 8% of their profits since they opened in 1983. According to their website, they “support nonprofit gardening, hunger-relief and community organizations with volunteer time and donations of 8% of our pre-tax profits.”
Gardener’s Supply honors individuals who are “improving the world through gardening” via their Garden Crusader Awards. The awards are “designed to honor people who are creating gardens that provide fresh food, clean up urban areas, educate neighborhoods and spark change.”
We’re about to have some landscaping work done in our small yard. When it’s done, I’ll have a new patio and gardens, including a raised bed for veggies and herbs.
I’m dying to order from Gardener’s Supply, but we’re not quite ready yet. For now, I’m sticking to the how-to section.
It’s nice to find a company I feel good about buying from.