I was a champion weeder as a kid, but otherwise a fairly novice gardener when I joined Gardener's Supply back in 1988. Gardener's Supply was a fairly novice company too. Well, both Gardener's Supply and my love of gardening have grown more and more each year. At home we grow some of everything, everywhere. Each summer we buy shares at a local CSA (membership farm) so I am free to experiment at home, growing unusual heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, fruits and berries. Our flower beds are fairly spontaneous and undisciplined, but they somehow seem to keep us in color and fragrance throughout the garden season.
As company president, I also have a hand in selecting and developing new products. I say it is hard work, but the truth is that it is lots of fun. And I get to help support all the good that gardening and gardeners are accomplishing around the country, through involvement with various nonprofit organizations. Nothing is better than making a living doing what you love.
Raised Bed Corners make it easy to build customized beds with your own lumber.
Use our durable Garden Carts for all of your gardening chores.
Our series of Grow Lights is available in many configurations, from tabletop to freestanding.
FROM time to time, a customer will ask us why more of our products aren't made in the United States. The fact is, we try to buy from producers and manufacturers here in the U.S., and we get more of our products from the U.S. than any other country.
GSC has a long history of searching the world for the best in innovative gardening solutions and related products. This tradition dates back to our founder Will Raap, who imported some of our first gardening innovations from England. In 2010, we imported from 14 different countries, from Canada to Costa Rica, and from Asia to India to Europe, looking for innovation, good quality, good service and a competitive price.
Many of our bestsellers, such as Garden Carts, Raised Bed Corners, Forever Raised Beds, are made at our factory here in Vermont. It would be far easier to source everything in the U.S. if we could, but the reality is that often our requirements cannot be met within the U.S. It is frequently not possible to find U.S.-made goods that fit customer expectations of quality and service. Just because an item is made in the U.S. doesn’t mean customers will buy it. What's more, we have to find products that are produced at a price that our customers feel is a good value. Some entire product categories simply are hardly made in the U.S. at all, and many factories that claim "Made in America" often use parts that are from other countries. All these reasons are why we find and manufacture products all over the world.
We do show our commitment to the U.S. in other ways. For example, when you contact us by phone, chat or e-mail, you are talking to a gardener in Vermont, where our customer service center has been located since the day we opened in 1984. And our company is 100% owned broadly by our employees.
Do you know of a great U.S.-made gardening product that you think we should consider selling? Tell us about it by e-mail.
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