Inside Gardener's
Securing a brighter future by building community, empowering gardeners, and cultivating new generations of earth stewards.


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“Gardener’s Supply is in business to spread the joys and rewards of gardening, because gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community, and makes the world a better place.”
-Mission Statement since 1990
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A company of gardeners
From solutions for most every gardening challenge to friendly, knowledgeable advice—we're at your service. We design and develop innovative products, manage test gardens, maintain an extensive how-to library, and have a team of down-to-earth gardeners ready to tackle your every question.
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How We Do Business
We're deeply invested in our workforce, our community, and our planet.
Gardener’s Supply Co. History
1983

Founded by Will Raap

Will Raap spearheads the launch of Gardener's Supply Company as a catalog mail order company offering innovative solutions from around the world for better, easier gardening. We’re one of the first to offer enabling products for aging and physically challenged gardeners.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
1984

Early Beginnings

Our first offices, test garden, and warehouse open in Winooski, VT. Products for composting, weather protection, water conservation, organic gardening, and physically limited gardeners prove to be the most popular.

1985

Giving Back

Gardener's Supply commits 8% of profits to support community organizations using gardening and local food production as a force for good.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
1986

Transitions

Gardener's Supply establishes an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), encouraging every employee to "think and act like an owner," because now they are! We move to a new building on the site of an abandoned slaughterhouse in Burlington's Intervale – a degraded, 300-acre floodplain. We organize work parties to clean up decades of illegal dumping so that our new "backyard" can become a center for community gardening and food production.

1987

Intervale Center Founded

Recognizing an opportunity to divert tens of thousands of tons of yard and food waste from the local landfill, Gardener's Supply establishes the Intervale Compost Project. Quickly becoming the largest composting operation in VT, it restores fertility to 100s of acres in the Intervale floodplain and leads to the development of the Intervale Center — now an independent non-profit national leader in organic farming, community agriculture, and land restoration.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
1988

If You Can't Find It, Make It!

Gardener's Supply dives into product design and development, opening a small manufacturing factory in Vermont and paving the way to hundreds of best-selling gardening solutions — like our Vertex supports, SunLite® Gardens, lifetime aluminum corners, and signature cedar garden beds.

1989

First Garden Center Opens at the Intervale

Visitors welcome! Expanding our small retail store into a full-service garden center strengthens our local presence and helps us promote a stronger local food system. This leads to the development of the Intervale Community Farm — one of the first community-supported agriculture (CSA) membership farms in the country and now the largest in Vermont.

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1990

Happy Birthday Earth Day!

Steadfast in our commitment to environmental health through gardening, Gardener's Supply is at the forefront of the national 20th Earth Day anniversary. We raise our voice about restoring soil health, the risk of GMOs and glyphosate, the pollinator crisis, and the value of community and school gardens.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
1992

A Fertile Valley Once More

Our very first Intervale Harvest Festival highlights the local farming community and the resurgent agricultural riches of this once neglected and abused floodplain.

1994

First Online Sale

The year of the first secure internet retail transaction — and a year before the launches of both Amazon and eBay — we opened a rudimentary store on Yahoo!

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
1996

Food Not Lawns

Gardener's Supply launches our “Be a Grower, Not a Mower” campaign to boost food and flower gardening, as an alternative to lawns. Now, more than two decades later, the environmental and human cost of the American lawn obsession is still coming to light.

1998

A Permanent Place in Cyberspace

We're quick to snap up the gardeners.com URL and launch excitedly into the digital age with a site that offers not only gardening products, but also guidance for gardeners of all experience levels and in all sorts of climates.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
1998

Say No to GMOs

Gardener's Supply takes a stand on GMOs. Monsanto threatens to sue. (We prevail.)

2002

Pollinator Protection

Gardener's takes a stand on pollinator decline and helps launch what is now the Pollinator Partnership. Given that an estimated one in three bites of food depend on pollinators, their survival and proliferation is still one of our primary areas of focus.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2007

Random Acts of Gardening

Gardener's Supply employees give back to the community by dropping blooming containers at Burlington, VT non-profits in our first annual Random Acts of Gardening event.

2008

Williston Garden Center Opens

Our second garden center, the largest in Vermont, is a destination for gardeners, houseplant lovers, and anyone who needs a little respite from everyday hustle and bustle. Dogs are welcome too!

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2009

White House Garden

Michelle Obama plants the White House Garden, a collaborative concept devised by one of our Garden Crusader awardees Roger Doiron (who went on to found SeedMoney.org).

2009

100% Employee-Owned

Gardener's Supply transitions to 100% employee-ownership. Every winter solstice we mark this anniversary by serving delicious local pies to our customers in a figurative sharing of a "piece of the pie." As employee-owners, we put our hearts and souls into everything we do, and pride ourselves in providing the best customer service and gardening advice in the industry.

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2012

Rising Demands

Gardener's Supply builds a large distribution center in Milton, VT.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2013

Feed Your Neighbor

We establish the "Company Farm" and grow more than 300 pounds of potatoes for people in need—right outside our headquarters. Today there are farms at each of our locations, growing food for local hunger-relief organizations.

2014

B the Change You Want to See

Gardener's Supply becomes a certified B Corporation, solidifying our commitment to using the power of our business to address social and environmental problems. By taking on this designation, we commit to considering the impact of our decisions on our employee-owners, our customers, our suppliers, our community, and our environment.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2015

A Place Where Workers Thrive

Gardener's Supply is named a B Corporation "Best for the World" honoree. The award recognizes companies who have been scored in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for their impact on workers, community and environment. Successive awards follow in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

2016

Youth Gardening Champion

Gardener's Supply becomes a key supporting partner of KidsGardening.org, helping empower kids to not only grow their own food, but also ignite their education though hands on learning, understand the power of communities coming together, learn about the natural world, andunderstand where their food comes from.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2017

Artistic Installation

Sarah Rutherford, widely known for her stunning “Her Voice Carries” mural series, designs and paints a larger-than-life mural on our Milton warehouse. The first thing drivers see as they cross the town line from Colchester, it features the crocosmia (Sarah’s favorite flower), a ruby-throated hummingbird, a butterfly, and lilies — all which of which flourish in Vermont.

2018

Share the Bounty

We launch our Garden to Give initiative, joining forces with individuals and organizations to donate surpluses from our gardens to local food banks and hunger relief programs.

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2018

Crossing State Lines

We open our third garden center in picturesque Lebanon, NH. If you visit, be sure to pronounce it Leba-nin (as the locals do), not Leba-non (like the country).

2018

ESOP Company of the Year

We are recognized as a company that engages its employee-owners, its community, and "is an example all employee-owned companies can proudly seek to replicate." Woohoo!

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Pie that says 100% Employee Owned on crust
2019

Products That Perform

We introduce our ground-breaking Vertex Tomato Cages and Bamboo Light Gardens, for which we win the Direct Gardening Association's Green Thumb Award — our 33rd Green Thumb award-winning product. We’re thrilled!

We believe in using our business to effect positive change.